If Only I Had a Time Turner

I generally don’t like to gripe about time because it’s true what they say…we all have the same 24 hours in a day.  Still, there are days when I struggle to fit it all in. With 24 hours in a day, it can be difficult to find the time to be the best professional I can be, the best mom I can be, the best wife I can be, and (the one most often neglected) the best Erin I can be.

It’s all about balance, right? Aren’t we always talking about balance and how to achieve it? For me, the struggle with balance is having to recognize that I cannot give 150% of myself all the time.  It’s simply not possible to run at full-throttle in everything I do, especially when I end up at the bottom of the list.  It’s about priorities, and sometimes that means I need to be full-throttle Erin and put myself first.  Easier said than done!

As much as I’d like to laze about all day reading, writing, and watching half a dozen episodes of Gilmore Girls, the reality of life is that days like that are extremely rare. Since I can’t necessarily dedicate a full day to myself on a regular basis, I’ve been intentionally finding ways to carve out time for myself during the day.  Listening to audio books in the car has been a great way for me to find time to read, but also to give my brain a break during the day. It’s become such a zen part of my day that I can hardly believe I ever went so long without it. I took a few minutes to jot down notes for this post while I was boiling water for dinner.  The girls were occupied with a show and the words were fresh in my mind. I often find myself inspired to write during moments when I can’t just stop my day to get my thoughts out.  I can, however, scribble on a notepad while cooking in order to preserve my ideas for when I have time to develop them later.

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I’m working hard to build those small moments of time for myself into my day.  Without those moments, I feel harried and overworked.  With those moments, I feel slightly closer to sane.

How do you build time for yourself into your busy lives?

Comments

  1. Ooooh, I often forget to be the best Harriet I can be….and it really is so essential to be the best [everything else] I can be. I cannot wait to settle into a new routine and find the pieces and chunks of time that are for me.

    xox

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