Finding Time

Where does the time go?

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.



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3 responses to “Finding Time

  1. An excellent discipline, Amy. Time is so elusive and desire/distraction in all their forms so seductive. Buddhist teaching and meditation also stress the need to put yourself first – the classic example is how can you save someone from a fast-rushing river if you cannot swim yourself?

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  2. Lua

    Great resolutions! 🙂 Time is one of my biggest issues so I know exactly what you’re talking about… 24 hours never seems to be enough, I don’t watch TV but the internet makes up for it by stealing half of my day. I want to stop looking for time to do things and start making time for them. I think that’s going to be my resolution 🙂

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  3. Nancy

    Lua- I like the distinction of “looking” for time VS “making” time!
    Amy- yes the cyber world is a time sucker, I just wonder why I am so enjoying that kind of relaxation! There surely must be a reason!
    Something to ponder for sure!

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