Life is busy. So busy, in fact, that it seems like most of our time is spent doing the things we “need” to do rather than the things we “want” to do. Of course there are things that (most of us) are non-negociable parts of our lives, like work, cooking, running errands, but that often make us feel like there isn’t enough time to indulge in activities that don’t fall into these categories. The reality is that often it’s not about not having the time to do something, it’s usually that we don’t bother making the time to do them. I have a short list of things that I want to make more time for on a regular basis. My intentions are that by creating this list for a everyone to read, I will be held accountable for them and it will push me to make it a reality. So without further ado, here are the 5 things I want to make time for.
1. Reading. I love to read but rarely find time to sit down and read a book. Instead, I always feel like I should be doing something else – organizing, cleaning, blogging. But unwinding with a good book is actually one of my favourite things to do. I want to schedule some time every day, maybe before bed time, to grab a book and read, even if it’s just for 20-30 minutes (I usually fall asleep at that point anyway).
2. Writing letters. The handwritten letter is an art that has definitely lost its way in our digital age. We rarely even get holiday cards anymore, let alone letters to catch up. Sure it’s easier and quicker to just drop a text message, but taking the time to sit down and write a letter means so much more. It tells the person how much they mean to you that you took the time and made the effort. Plus, it feels so good to receive a letter in the mail, don’t you think?
3. Take a class. I’m interested in so many different things, but would really love to become an expert at one things in particular (unrelated to my career). I’ve been toying with the idea of taking classes for quite a while, but have never really committed. My interests have ranged from pilates and yoga, to nutrition and sommelier courses. I think one of the reasons I’ve never enrolled in any of these yet is simply because I couldn’t decide which one interested me more. Now’s the time for me to decide and make the move. Which would you choose?
4. Meditate. I’ve experienced the positive effects that meditation can have on your mind and your body. After each practice, you look at the world differently and learn to appreciate it for what it is instead of stressing over what it isn’t. It’s an amazing feeling. Unfortunately, I don’t take the time to mediate regularly and I’ve noticed a difference in myself on the days that I don’t. I’m less tolerant of others and of myself, I race through my day mindlessly instead of being in the moment. Life just seems more beautiful after a meditation practice. It’s one of the best ways to start the day.
5. Do nothing. I’m one of those people who always needs to be doing something. But sometimes you just need to stop and do nothing. Listen to what you mind and your body needs – how are you feeling? Are you tired? Are you stressed? Are you happy? I want to plan moments in my week to re-evaluate the things going on around me and appreciate the wonderful, while finding ways to deal with the not-so-wonderful to help me create the ideal balance in my life.
Is there anything that you would like to make more time for in your life? Share them in the comments below!
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