Did you ever notice that there just are not enough hours in the day to do everything on your “to-do” list? My mother taught me to make lists. I’m not always one to admit when she’s onto something good (she’s WAY too organized for my scattered, crazy life). But lists sure do help.
These days, my lists are much more simple than in months past. I used to have things such as “Meeting in Manhattan; Pick up dry cleaning; Grade students’ papers; Check work email; Work on PhD; Work on [FILL IN THE TITLE OF BOOK]”, etc. Today, my list is more like this:
- Check Facebook
- Organize closet
- Work on [FILL IN THE TITLE OF BOOK]
- Make doctors’ appointments
- Take medicine
- Type addresses into computer
- Write a blog
- Edit [FILL IN THE TITLE OF BOOK]
- Read [FILL IN THE TITLE OF BOOK–current book is by Karen Kingsbury…totally loving it!!!]
- Work on Christmas cards
The funny thing is that I still don’t have enough time to do everything on my list! I need to figure out a way to cross off more things on my list…starting with #12, I suppose.
I decided that I might try yoga in 2014. My sister suggested it to me earlier this week. I don’t know anything about it, but figured that, as with anything else, it’s worth a try! I can start with 15 minutes a day…see how that goes. Surely I can spare 15 minutes a day.
What types of things do you want to schedule into your day that you seem to not have time for? Maybe if you start small, with just a few minutes a day, you can squeeze it into your day. We need to take more time out of the day for ourselves, I think. And I don’t mean things like social media or writing…which are things I love dearly but are not reflective or calming.
Relaxation and meditation must be part of our daily work…and not just before we go to bed and read the Bible or a devotional (currently on my nightstand…Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado). I’m suggesting a deep mediation and reflection that helps us clear our mind and set our priorities straight.
Maybe I won’t wait until 2014. Maybe I’ll start today. What about you?