I am searching for time. Recently I seem to be dwelling in an abyss of obligations, commitments and sleep deprivation. Time eludes me and when I do find it, it travels swiftly through the hourglass, reminding me of that old soap opera, The Days of Our Lives. How can I accomplish what I need to and what I want to? I am convinced I have to restructure time and set new boundaries for myself.
1. Limit time on the computer, specifically on social media. Computers are time suckers. They seem so efficient and helpful but in reality they are magnets that attract you and then hold you fast. There is no such thing as “quickly checking your e-mail.” To attempt to quickly do anything is to enter the labyrinth of the cyber world. Exiting is a tricky task.
2. Walk every day. Walking allows for time to think, plan, wonder, imagine and enjoy the world. Walking may seem like a time-consuming activity, but the benefits outweigh the time commitment. The benefit of good health, improved attitude and clarity come along with the obvious benefit of the exercise itself.
3. Learn to say “no.” Saying “no” in order to stick to your own plan and your own schedule is different from saying “no” just because you are selfish, or self-involved. You can help people, and do favors, but just learn to put yourself first and take care of your needs.
Three new rules are enough. They provide the structure I need and if there were more rules, it would just take too much time anyway.