Time, time, time
See what’s become of me
While I looked around for my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around
Leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
— Simon & Garfunkel (but I prefer the Bangles version #childofthe80s)
Lot of focus on TIME lately! And this has always been an interest of mine, so that’s fine with me. I started reading Jenny Odell’s Saving Time which is a more conceptual look, with emphasis on how humans have developed their own constructs and ideas around time vs nature’s unrelenting but much larger time scale.
Kae today (post link above) wrote about what she would do with unlimited time. One MAJOR theme was that she wanted to do things (hobbies, organizing, celebrating holidays etc) in a calm, non-rushed manner.
Kae and I are clearly a lot alike because . . . SAME. But I think neither of us are particularly willing to give up things on our schedules that prevent “slow and calm” leisure from happening very often! I absolutely adore the idea of anything slow and calm but in reality tend to fill up my calendar with . . . . stuff that feels important to me. Don’t get me wrong – I LIKE the stuff on there. Some of it is actually really fun! But slow and calm just does not describe my current experience of time.
That said, I generally don’t feel horribly rushed when I am going from activity to activity. I don’t feel rushed on my runs, for example. I don’t feel too rushed right now, even! So maybe I just need to pay more attention to how I am feeling while I am doing the things that feel important and less attention to what just really doesn’t fit.
(Also a fascinating question of what I would do with more ‘extra’ time. I did recently kind of want to play violin again after seeing someone play but I suspect I’d just work out more and try to write / create more. Yoga would be nice too. I would spend some more organizing. Also journaling and baking! Oh, and a weekly massage if this extra time came with an unlimited budget.)
Sarah talked about her mornings and I just about died when I saw she used PRECIOUS ALONE MORNING MINUTES to wipe down every bathroom. I am not knocking her – it clearly works for her, and I only feel a little bit self-conscious about the state of our sinks! This just literally never would have occurred to me. My morning time is totally selfish: I use it to read, do Headspace (just 5-10 min), plan the day, drink coffee (with collagen in it because this is something I do now), eat some carbs, and then usually run — lately for ~90 min or so.
(I get home at 7 drenched in sweat and am dressed/showered by 7:40 out the door with the kids. Josh helps a lot with getting them breakfast! But definitely no cleaning time in there.)
Anyway, this just fascinated me because I guess I had rigid notions about what early morning time is for and cleaning was just not on that list but so interesting to see it on someone else’s!
Laura has been running her time tracking challenge this week. Here is my detailed log for yesterday:
LOLOL yes, this was a full on time tracking FAIL!!!! Oops. At least I took good notes in my marathon nutrition course (was able to watch this while at work on my lunch break – yay!). I can tell you I answered a lot of work calls and picked A/G up from gymnastics at 7:25 but not much else. Today’s tracking is going better though:
And I DO like seeing what I am doing. But if you find the practice difficult know you are not alone. Kae recommended an alarm but I hate interruptions and I know I would hate that one too! I’d probably get indignant every time my own alarm went off and ignore it anyway (esp if I was running, in a patient room, putting a kid to bed, on a phone call, etc — at the time).
I have no grand conclusion about time in this post — I will leave those to Laura and Jenny! But all very interesting to think about.
Who else finds time tracking hard?
How rushed do you feel? I feel rushed getting the kids (and myself) out the door in the morning because it actually does matter (commute is much smoother and less stressful leaving at ~7:37 vs 7:45 for various reasons) but am not willing to shorten workout or sleep time so have accepted it. My other peak rush time is Sunday evenings – the list of things I want to do to prep for the week isn’t always so long but it can still sometimes feel like more than it is. Or maybe I just run out of energy for the week.