Time has always been a loaded concept for me. There never seems to be enough time.
I am starting to realize, however, that there is actually just as much time as there is. I know that probably sounds confusing, but what I mean is, a day is 24 hours long whether I decide that it’s “enough” time or “not enough” time.
Therefore, it has to do with the choices I make regarding how I spend my time. There is only so much time, yes. Therefore, I must be the strict gatekeeper at the bounds of my time, only allowing in activities that I consciously choose to spend time on. Ideally, these are activities that feed me, that make me come alive.
For me, e-mail—and, well, yeah. Okay. I guess a couple of social media sites—are huge time drains. They can be really potent and wonderful tools for connecting with others and sharing ideas, but I am still figuring out how to use them in a productive and healthy way. And I don’t think that checking e-mail every five minutes is healthy. Ooh, ooh, ooh! I find myself thinking. Did I get a new e-mail? How about now? Now? How about now?
So I guess I want to become a more selective and responsible gatekeeper. It will be an ongoing project, I am sure. And no, the irony has not escaped me that I am blogging about spending less time online, and will proceed to post a link to my blog on Facebook and Twitter following this post’s completion.
So, today, I’m getting clear on how I want to use my time.