Monday, March 21, 2011

I Know There's Someplace I'm Supposed to Be

We all get side tracked. Stuff happens. Things come up. We have places to go. We have people to see. We struggle and fight with the Have-to-dos, Need-to-dos and Want-to-dos. I'm no different.

When it comes to writing we struggle with brick walls, blocks and Ms. F. Quibbler. Ms. F. Quibbler gets great pleasure telling us we have nothing of interest to say. Perhaps we're feeling uninspired. Perhaps we need more discipline and structure. Perhaps we're just extremely tired. Sometimes it is a matter of slowing down and allowing the words to come.

deep breath

I am a member of Owning Pink. I am a member of The Lounge, now located at Frame of Mind Coaching. I have three blogs, a Facebook account and fan page, along with Twitter too! I've been on an eCourse kick lately while trying to develop new creative ideas for my new business and thinking about where I want it to go over the next year or two. And don't get me started on the blogs I wish I had time to read and comment on regularly.


I can't be everywhere at once. I often feel overwhelmed and insist there is absolutely not enough time in a day. I need to reconcile the fact that I can only do so much. Still, I wonder how other people do it. I wonder if there are things I am doing or not doing that prevent me from showing up, sharing and participating.

Well, is there?

I must look at how I am really spending my time. Am I treating my time as though it has value? In what ways am I wasting time? Would I benefit from returning to the practice of keeping what, life coach and author, Rhonda Britten calls a Life Log (noting what I am doing every half hour)?

Seven things I do instead of writing, reading, meditating, exercising, creating....

  1. watch television
  2. laundry
  3. feet staring
  4. pacing
  5. facebook (including games)
  6. rearranging furniture
  7. more laundry, more television, more feet staring, more pacing, more facebook

Okay. So I'm wasting a lot of time during my day. I'm not valuing my time. I have little discipline and virtually no structure. But I so love NCIS, Criminal Minds, The Closer, Chicago Code, Parenthood, Hawaii get the picture.

So I need more structure. Perhaps you do to.

Seven things I CAN do to value my time instead of pacing, watching too much television, playing games...

  1. Turn off the television. Start with one hour a day. During this time I can...
  2. stop staring at my feet and celebrate my body by....m-o-v-i-n-g
  3. and read for 20 minutes
  4. journal first thing in the morning instead of putting it off until I'm too tired to think
  5. limit facebook game time
  6. create a schedule for blog reading, writing and community sharing
  7. Lock Ms. F. Quibbler in a box
Structure, I think, requires commitment. You'd think it'd be easy for me. I've been married almost 13 years; we've been committed to each other for almost 16 years. Somehow I find it much easier to commit to others. Not so much to my Self. What if I put pen to paper and created a,....structure? What if I wrote it all down but then screw it up? What if I fail? What if it doesn't work?

Changing your mind = flaky and irresponsible.

You just go ahead and keep on believin' that Ms. F. Quibbler. I'm so not about that anymore! Now. where's. that. box?

What stalls you? What time wasters do you practice? Which ones would you like to give up--or at least limit in your day-to-day? Do you live by a,...structure? How do you honor and value your time? Let's share!

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