What Would I Do If I Did Not Blog?
Posted on August 29, 2011
A crazy thought crossed my mind recently. I wondered what I would do if I didn’t write or blog. I was surprised with some of the ideas I came up with — all of them start with “I would have more time to:”
- Clean my house
- Watch the boob tube
- Play my online games
- Take care of my gardens/yard
- Take my dog for walks
- Visit with neighbors
- Finish all the craft projects I’ve bought
- Read all the books I’ve started
- And a whole lot of other things …
One thing I realize, though, is that when something is important to me, I find time to do it. In all honestly, I find time to do all of the above in measured portions, because they are all important to me.
Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., associate editor at Psych Central, wrote a time-management article based on a book authored by Laura Vanderkam entitled 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. One of the people highlighted in the book is Theresa Daytner — wife, mother of six (including twins) and owner of a seven-figure revenue business. She’s even helping her 21-year old plan a wedding.
How does she do it all?
According to Daytner, we have time to do everything we want to do … if we learn how to manage our time effectively. We have time to take the kids to school, write so many articles a day, coach Little League, go on dates, work a full-time job, clean the house AND sleep at least 7 hours.
Who would’ve thunk it?!
Daytner firmly believes that time is precious and everything she does in life is a choice. I agree with that, but I think it takes a great amount of acting purposefully. We must be fully conscious of our time and how we use it if we want to do the things that matter most.
One of Daytner’s time management secrets is to hire some things out, so she can have time for family and important events and tasks. That’s my goal — to have enough income to begin hiring out some of my writing jobs, yard work and tasks that are not so pleasant or time-consuming.
I highly recommend reading Tartakovsky’s article and making note of the suggested tips. I am mulling them over this week to see where I can gain more time to do the things that matter to me the most. My favorite is “6. Spend your spare minutes doing joyful activities.”
What is yours?