I have battled time for 64 years--I was doing dishes standing on a chair when I was 4--and it went downhill from there. As an adult I held a responsible stressful full time job, wrote, produced and directed Bible-character plays, was active in the bus ministry, Sunday School ministry, was an altar worker, sang in the choir, was Ladies Fellowship President for years and coordinated a large Secret Sister program at our church, wrote articles, stories, devotions, and a book, raised 2 sons with my wonderful husband, and read at least 4 books a week. In 1996 the Lord brought me to a full halt...I became disabled and was a hermit for 9 years, I asked the Lord, 'Now how can I serve You?" He said, not out loud, of course, "Pray!" "But, Lord, how will I know who to pray for and how to pray fior them?" Within 3 days I had 7 people on my daily prayer list and it's only gotten longer. In 2005 I found partial relief and was able to go to c`hurch and a few other places. During the "hermit" years, it was so hard to do anything and took so long to do it, that I was still battling time. After my life was "given back to me" by a docor, I haven't been able to return to doing the things I did before, but time is still an elusive commodity as I am singing in the choir, taking on a few projects here and there at church, do part of the housework, and write, and still read at least 4 books a week. I am busy from the time I get up until I fall into bed at night. If I, a disabled and retired person, have lost the time battle, how can anyone hope to become victorious in the battle? This is a rhetorical question, for there is no answer.
This is a great article! Sometimes just saying, "I am doing this for me!" can make the activity more relaxing. When I look at exercise as a chore that is what it becomes. I dislike TV. This is one of the things my husband enjoys. If I change my attitude, watching TV can become more enjoyable. It is not my "down" time, but I can look at it as time spent with him. Thanks for the article. Time spent relaxing is very important.
These are great tips, if I could only make them a possibility. I am a working mother of a 12 year old and a 3 year old. I drive more than 100 miles a day to commute for work, by the time I pick up the kids, make dinner, baths and spend a few minutes of quality time with each one all I have left is a few minutes to log on to my Spark Nutrition page and input al my food for the day.
10/15/2009 12:47:17 PM
This article is laughable.
I think the problem in our society is that they employers who are with the times require us to work 10 hour days….
8 hours of actual work 1 lunch our break (this is work because we are being timed and have a radius around work) 1+ hours commute
One solution might be to allow us to work from home. That would definitely reduce the number of work hours to 9, and then maybe even more since we are allowed to multitask with our little breaks here and there (dishes, laundry).
For me the number one task: * Unplug *. Since wireless should really be called tireless except that doesn't really make sense does it. Anyway the first thing I do in the A.M. is check email & fav websites (SparkPeople included) and the last thing I do before retiring for the night is check email and fav websites, as if...
10/15/2009 8:23:17 AM
Actually Take Back Your Time Day was started almost 10 years ago by a group led my John deGraaf in Seattle, WA. They have observed TBYT Day every October 24th since, the movement has grown and is now embraced by many accross the country. Their website is worth a visit www.timeday.org and get their book, it is a revealing collection of articles about the effects of the long hours we keep. Yes we even eat poorly because we are busy, there are articles that address that in the book (no I do not get commision) but I was briefly involved with the movement in the early years.
I have been teaching time management for 14 years and it is a neverending battle to determine what is really important in life and adjust accordingly.
The one thing I do everyweek, usually on friday afternoon, is take the mummy time to do my nails each week, and every 6 weeks put a colour through my hair, just for me, I spend so much time working, looking after DH and $ kids, it is sometimes the only thought that gets me through that cardio workout!
I do agree with Portfoley02, It is hard to tell people no sometimes. I know I have been a people pleaser in the past. Sometimes, I just want to do it so there won't be an argument. I guess that makes since. Oh yeah, there is also delagating the tasks. What is the most important? I am in college and still trying to learn how to do that... Thanks for the Tips this could definately come in handy!
Lady4yeshua you are sooo right on.....I am often jealous of the orthodox Jews around here, even though I am Christian, for the whole sundown to sun-up sabbath that they do I think it rocks.
12/28/2008 1:49:39 PM
Saying "no" is the hardest. The first "no" is the most difficult. We still feel as if we are letting people down, but at the same time we are letting ourselves down when we say "yes" when we really don't want to. Another thought is that they asked us to do the task because they didn't want to do it. I'm just starting to say "no" more.
I loved this article. It's one of my goals for 2009, to get into the habit of handling papers only once...I tend to look at them and pile them, then sort the piles into piles for filing in various places, then I file the piles...what a waste when I could have cut it down to one step. Some great ideas.
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