You may have noticed…. or not, that I haven’t posted in almost a week. Well as you can imagine it’s been one of THOSE weeks. You know, the kind of week where your time is pulled away from you at every possible turn. A week where it seems everyone you meet places demands on your time.
SO, this week has caused a contemplative mood this morning. How we all spend our time, how to find the time for all the things which are important to us. Like most people I work hard. My “real life” job is demanding and I spend a lot of hours either physically at work or thinking about it. My situation is no different from millions and millions of others.
An Easy Slide
I preach to my staff about taking care of yourself. At least once a day I tell one of them you cannot be all things to all people. If you don’t put a priority on family and self then there won’t be anything in them to share with our “clients”. (I know, I’m being purposefully vague.) I believe in the core of my being that work/life balance is important and without it we all burn out, or ignore that which is important. My confession here is that this week (okay and last week, and maybe the week before) I have not been taking my own advice. I have been letting the demands of my job get the better of me, to the point of walking in the door each morning on edge before even starting the day. It was such an easy slide.
Time for Myself
This week I have barely taken time for the things I love. I haven’t blogged in a week. I spent a very short period yesterday working on the revision of my novel. I abdicated the long walks with my dog because of time constraints. All in all bad judgement. The old adage, if you don’t take time to fill the cup you won’t have anything to share, is so true. If I don’t take care of myself and my loved ones, and engage in the activities which energize me then how can I support my staff, my friends, my family?
While I draft my novels I am dedicated to a schedule. An hour each evening. Inviolable. That hour was sacred and precious. But, now with the revision (because I don’t enjoy it as much as drafting) I let the hour slip away, and fill it with other things.
Take a Breath
We all need to take a breath every day (I know because my watch has a breathe app that reminds me three times a day.) Seriously, each of us needs to relax and breathe. Do the things we love, spend time with our loved ones. Walk the dog. I started today by sitting outside in the gentle San Diego breeze and blogging about life. If you’re reading this, take some time — breathe and enjoy. Life and your job will be there when you’ve taken a minute.
What do you all think, out there in the world of the interwebs? How do you manage this time balance? What do you love to do? Where do you wish you could spend more time? Click on the comments link above and share your thoughts.