Do you ever think back to twenty, ten, or even five, years ago and wonder what you used to do with all that extra time? Before you spent time on Facebook or tweeting, when the only one to take care of was you?
My husband has been slogging away in his first grad school semester and has finished his final, and is now back in the land of the living. (It was a tough few months being an accounting widow, let me tell you!). So this weekend felt a bit like we were ‘off the clock’.
I haven’t really touched my computer all weekend. I entered hardly any contests, which for me is highly unusual (see here for further details on how I spend 45 minutes a day to upgrade my lifestyle to something vastly beyond my salary). What did we do with two glorious days of no work and no real commitments?
I took Kate to dance class. We had a group nap (though the baby was in her crib, it was group in spirit!). We had friends over for dinner, went swimming and went to the park. I read my new magazine and a few chapters of my book. And I’m coming into Sunday night feeling more awake and aware and content than I have in months.
And then I had an ‘aha’ moment – THIS is what I used to do. And it didn’t become impossible from any outside factors – my time use changed. We have the same number of hours in the day as Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein, Joss Whedon, Mercedes Lackey, Oprah, L.M. Montgomery, and a number of others famed for genius in past and present. It isn’t about how much time we do or don’t have. It’s about the choices we make when we’re using it. It’s about choosing to read a few more pages instead of skimming Facebook. Writing in your journal instead of playing a new video game. Of saying ‘yes’ when the baby wants to go outside and dig in the yard for the third time that day, and spending some time just watching her wander from one end of the tiny yard to the other, waving her spoon in the air. She couldn’t care less about the news online – there are dandelions to pick!
Let’s all spend a bit more time playing board games, making cookies and connecting with our friends and family and a bit less time mindlessly zoning out on our i-Things. It will make the world a nicer place.
How could you use your time differently? What are you focused on right now?