What’s Sucking Up Your Time?

Do You Know What’s Sucking Up Your Time?

clock-blogWe live in hectic times and our most precious commodity is and always will be time. You can’t grow more of it and when it’s gone you can’t get it back.

How often do you tell yourself that you can’t do what you want to do because you don’t have the time? We all do it. We want to live with more purpose, volunteer, or simply spend more quality time with our family and friends, but there just isn’t enough time to do it.

The cold hard truth is that there is plenty of time. It’s simply a matter of prioritizing what you spend it on and cutting out some of the things that suck up your time. We all have them and, while the specifics may be different from person to person, the solution is the same for everyone. Find out where you spend your time and then make educated decisions on what’s important and what isn’t.

One of the best tools for figuring out exactly where you’re spending your time is a time journal. This can be a simple little notebook, a stack of scrap paper, an Evernote doc on your phone, or a spreadsheet on your computer.

Next start writing down what you’re doing every 15 minutes from the time you get up to the time you go to sleep. Keep this up for about a week and see what you come up with.

Reviewing your time log can be a real eye opening experience!

You may discover that you spent a lot more time on the computer doing busy work, or surfing the web than you realize. Or maybe you had no idea that you spent an average of four hours a night watching TV, or 2 hours per day commuting to and from work. In other words, you’ll start to recognize patterns of behavior and where you tend to spend your time.

While there are quite a few areas that we don’t have a lot of control over (you have to show up for work or school, make time for personal hygiene, and get some sleep), there are quite a few hours in each day that we can fill however we like.

Keeping a time log for a week or two provides you with the information you need to be able to make educated and conscious choices about how to spend that time. That in turn allows you to live more purposefully, no matter what your goals and aspirations are. Sometimes, you want to sleep in, spend the day reading or playing video games, or simply daydream and that’s ok. It’s a great way to unwind, distress, and recharge. On other days, you may choose do so something more active or social.

The point is that when you become aware of how and where you’re spending your time, you have more control and can be more intentional with how you spent it.

How to control your own economy and have more time

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Short Story

One day a man who had become set in his ways travels into the future.

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At first he’s disoriented, to the point of becoming terrified.  He feels like he’s in a void … a seamless space, like being in a completely darkened room.

Suddenly, he hears a beautiful, loving voice. “Hello, Edward. Welcome.”

“What? Where am I? And who are YOU? I can’t see you.”

“It’s alright, Edward. Don’t be afraid. I’m not here to harm you.”

“Where is HERE?” Edward asked.

The voice responded, “Here is NOW, Edward. Confusing as it seems, humanity has had it all wrong for millennia. You all thought that time was linear. It isn’t. That is an illusion that you all made up so you could play the game.”

“What??? What game?”

“The game of life, Edward. You are really an eternal being, but humans thought it would be interesting, an adventure if you will, to separate themselves from Source and play with the ego instead. So you made up the rules of the game, one of which is linear time.”

“You see, Edward, there really is only NOW and there really is only HERE. If humans would stop playing the game long enough to realize that they are NOW HERE, life would be so much better; they would become more aware of what’s real and what’s not real. The past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet, so what’s left?  Now … only now.”

Edward pondered what the voice had just said and remembered that on certain occasions, he had felt more “present” in his life. Like the times when he was playing with his boyhood friends, or exploring the woods behind the farm where he grew up in Missouri, or the time when he experienced his first kiss. And then there was the time when he looked at his baby daughter and saw her first smile. All moments that brought him such joy.

“I want those feelings again,” Edward said to the voice.

“It’s simple, Edward. But for you, it will take practice. Be present in all that you do. Talk less and listen more. Go within and hear the voice of your soul. It speaks to you all the time. You just need to listen. Love more. Fear less. Be at peace with your SELF.”

Be HERE NOW.  Be NOW HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my friends and followers.  I hope it’s your best ever, filled to overflowing with love, peace, joy and prosperity.

Please enjoy this timely video, Time Passages, from one of my favorite artists, Al Stewart.  The graphic is lovely, taking us to a warmer place this time of year. Namaste’

The Day That Time Stood Still

What if it’s true that we humans are the only life forms that experience linear time?  You don’t see birds, flowers, dogs, cats, or any other beings wearing watches, right?  And none of them have electronic devices to measure time.  They all live in the NOW.  This year I’m trying more and more to do that.  To be more conscious of where I am and what I’m doing, rather than doing things by rote.  I’m also trying to remember to just breathe in the moment of now.

I took this photo at a jewelry repair store here in town while WS was getting his watch repaired, and I thought it was pretty unique what the owner did with all of these “dead” watch faces.  The picture only shows a small portion of the entire wall.  Namaste’

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Tick, Tick, Tick

Well, here it is, folks.  We’re on the downhill slope of 2012.  Just a few days to go.  We received a Christmas gift today from WS’s daughter in New Hampshire.  And one from my daughter in California.  But that will be a photo for tomorrow.

I’m afraid this image doesn’t do it justice – it’s simply a WOW! clock.  (Click to enlarge the picture) … Swarovsky crystal elements and it plays one of 48 different songs on the hour.  And yet it won’t do it once the lights in the room are out, so as not to wake us up during the night.  Pretty clever, eh?

I finally finished the horses.  I photographed 17 horses, all edited to be artsy, had prints made and then created 144 handmade cards out of the photos.  I’ll post some of the photos in the new year.

2013 is almost here! Namaste’

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What is Time … Exactly?

I found some old watches that no longer work and decided time would be a good subject for today’s photo.  I have to agree with George Harrison … all we really have is now.  Sometimes when I get feeling icky and pushed to my limits, I ask myself, “What time is it?”  The only answer is NOW.  “And where am I?”  HERE.

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” ― George Harrison  Namaste’

It’s About Time … Really!

Today’s photo was taken with my phone while I was shopping.  I can only imagine what the other shoppers were thinking as I was snapping pictures of this clock.  The reason I took it is because I feel that time is speeding up.  And it seems to me that since the beginning of this year, I’m feeling it more and more.  This picture reminds me to be present now.  As a fellow blogger pointed out, Ram Dass said, “What time is it?  NOW.  Where am I?  HERE.”  (Thanks, KT – it was such a needed reminder for me.)

What do you think?  I’d love to hear from you on this subject.  Please tell me I’m NOT the only one who is feeling this way.  Namaste’