Pockets of TimeI can't remember the first time I heard someone mention the importance of finding the little "pockets of time" to accomplish whatever it is you want. Time for yourself, time for a project, time for working on a goal. Whatever it is you keep thinking about doing, but just never do. Or, whatever you might not be thinking about, but what you need to do.
Life is busy. Intellectually, we all know that. Physically, many of us feel that, too. We're working, parenting, spousing (is that a word?), volunteering, exercising (okay, maybe I need to do this more, but, I that's another blog), cleaning, errand-running, the list goes on and on.
The problem is, we get so busy "doing", if we don't make a point of finding those little pockets of time during which we can re-energize ourselves-- our minds, our bodies, our souls--pretty soon we hit a wall that stops us from being able to "do" anything at all.
I'm not talking about anything big, like treating yourself to a spa day. Although hey, I'm always up for a facial, massage and manicure. :-)
What I'm really talking about are the 10, 15 or 20 minutes you can group together for yourself. And only you! To help you regroup and recharge. Maybe it's driving to your kids' school 10 minutes early for pickup, setting your alarm on your cell phone and taking a 10 minute catnap in the car (yes, I've done this). Or getting dinner started and simmering, then enjoying 15 minutes to read a good book or magazine. Or perhaps you'd prefer syncing up some soft music on your ipod while you sit in a recliner, close your eyes and enjoy the peace. Whatever makes you feel good. Relaxed.
What if you need more than 20 minutes? Not a problem, especially if you're organized. Or even semi-organized. This may take some planning, but sit down and look at your daily schedule for the next few days. There's got to be a day when you can carve out 30 minutes or an hour for whatever your heart desires--writing, exercising, reading, gardening (maybe not in the winter weather but hopefully soon!), whatever hobby or activity your heart desires. I know you can do it!!
The bottom line is this... Someone once told me that as much as I love my family, I will be a better mom/wife if I'm happy, and not feeling overwhelmed or overrun with responsibilities for others. And you know what? They were right.
My day has 24 hours in it. There's enough time for me to have a few moments to myself. Doing whatever helps me feel good about myself. When most people feel good, they want to spread the wealth, helping others feel good about themselves, too.
It's a great cyclical effect.
So you see, find those pockets of time for yourself and it'll be just like reaching into a pocket and finding gold (or that $20 you forgot about). A precious investment for yourself and those around you.
Look at your day today and let me know when you find your pocket. And what will you do with your time?