It’s been 3 months since my last blog which correlates with my landing in Nepal. During the trip, a lot was accomplished. And yet, there was also a lot of time to relax and soak up the beauty of doing nothing, just being. I think it must be one of the most beautiful pleasures in life. It’s when you go somewhere without a watch or even, heaven bless, without a phone!! Instead of worrying about the appointment in 3 hours, you simply enjoy the walk you are experiencing now.
Time, when left unnoticed, passes so very quickly. In the company of dear friends or while engaging in an activity you love, hours are reduced to minutes. The opposite is also true. While waiting for delicate news or passing time in unpleasant company, minutes can feel like hours. It is important to appreciate the time we are given. Every day is a new opportunity to find balance between self growth (that which we should do) & self love (that which we wish to do).
You do not have to use your time wisely. We are all free to pass our minutes, hours, days, years… as we wish. I am quickly realizing, however, that my time management is not allowing me to accomplish all that I have laid in front of me. I am great at planning, but when I have too many balls in the air, my execution can fail …. like this blog for the past 3 months. I imagined being inspired by the great Himalayas. Blog posts would simply be written without effort. But the truth is, time flew and I failed to make blogging a priority.
S0.. I ask you –
firstly – Are you appreciative of the time you have? Are you living in a state of gratitude to have the opportunity to experience every moment? Are you living life fully here, without regrets?
secondly – Are you satisfied with your management of time? Are you growing yourself? Are you taking every opportunity to fulfill the dreams and desires you envision?
I recently watched a TED Talk on productivity. The speaker said we claim to not have enough time to accomplish everything we wish. He argues if we had an additional 3 hours, nothing would change. Time is not the problem, but management of time & energy is. He gave some suggestions on how to improve one’s productivity.
1) Write everything down.
Write down everything that is important to you & everything you wish to accomplish. Do not worry about forgetting something you wish to remember. Instead of wasting energy keeping memories or lists inside you head, put them on paper.
2) Write down the immediate action step for tasks.
Here, you should be very specific. Instead of writing “garden” on you list, write down what you must do on you list. For example, hang hooks up for shovels and throw away old hose. Whatever you wish to do, look at it, see it and then stop thinking about it.
Stop wasting your energy remembering the things you need to do. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, like there is no place to start, begin small. Why? Because life IS short and you should not stress about what you hope to accomplish. Finding the balance between appreciating our time and being productive is not easy. It will not look the same for everyone. However, by figuring out what you desire (not what others say you should want), you are on your way to accomplishing those tasks.
The speaker also suggested mapping out your life. This way you can look at your life – professionally, personally, etc. In this way you can see your responsibilities and what you have chosen to fill your life with. Then, you can slowly narrow down which ones are most important and which ones are a waste of your time.
Trying to do too many things with the wrong amount of energy leads to burnout. Remember to use the appropriate amount of energy and focus for each task you do. Realize and be aware of what you are doing. Realize when you are needlessly stressing or focusing your energy in wasted places.
And always remember, to breathe 🙂
Blessings & Peace