Tuesday, May 4, 2010
hours in the day
I have been considering this lately: If only there were more hours in a day, more days in the week, I could do everything I want to do.
I've been thinking about the roles we take on, what defines us, setting and meeting goals, all while time slips by us. Sometimes I think that I take on too much, that I have too many interests and commit myself to too many things. I find I take on so many things that I never end up being great at any of them. At other times I feel like I do not do enough, that I'm not making an impact on the world, that I'm selfish with my time and should be doing more for others.
If I had more time in the day I could
call my brothers more often.
be a better runner.
have a cleaner house.
be a better wife.
sew some things.
write more letters.
return phone calls.
take better photographs.
spend more time working and become better at my job.
volunteer more time to more organizations.
finally get some words printed.
finish the dozen or so paintings in my head.
be a better friend.
read more books.
make more art.
see my parents more often.
read the newspaper.
learn to knit.
But there will never be more time in the day. Instead I'm stuck with this 24 hours and have to make the most of it. My focus has been on pausing and really thinking about what's most important to me. Slowly I'm trying to figure out the best way to fit everything I want to do and be in a day. I started by writing down my perfect day from start to finish. I posted the list in my office and each morning I sit down and look at it. Most days I fail to do everything. Sometimes I manage to fit everything in. Either way, it's helped me refocus my time on what I care most about. Until I wrote everything down I failed to see how many hours I was wasting on Bravo each night or how I complained about not getting any letters in the mail, but realized I hadn't written any myself.
If you're pressed for time and want to get to the heart of the matter, I recommend writing it down. I also recommend finishing your day by asking yourself the following questions:
Today, what did I do for
my creativity and passion?
Spring always feel like a time of rebirth and for me it is a moment to reflect and refocus, a slate wiped clean for the months ahead.