While I was eating lunch at my desk this week I pulled up a random TED talks video to watch while I ate my delicious pico de gallo. The video was was about Time management by Laura Vanderkam.
There are so many valid points in her video the word "Too busy" does not necessarily mean "Too busy" what it really means that those said items are just not a priority.
No time means not a priority.
Every minute I spend in life is my choice
There are 168 hours in a week how we choose to spend them is up to us, EVERYTHING we do is a choice. Should I scrub my toilet or should I read a book? = choice!
If you asked me last year why I was not reading for pleasure I would have responded with "I have no time" I was just too busy. I decided when 2017 started that I would read 1 book each month for the next 12 months. I was surprised that once I made that a priority I was able to read not only just one book but TWO!!
How did I do that? Well, I took my book with me everywhere I went and I found 5-10 minutes here and there that I could open up my book and read instead of pulling out my phone and playing with that.I also started reading in bed for 10-40 minutes each night (some nights I read more because the book was really good) I found that doing this has helped me sleep better as well. I remember reading a few articles years ago about how blue light affects our sleep click here for an article about blue lights from your phone.
Laura Vanderkam suggests writing a year end review of what you would like people to read about the successes of your year. This sounds like a great way of setting up your goals for the year.
What I found really important was that she suggests each week ( Friday afternoon) writing out a priority list and putting it in your calendar making sure you make time for what you really feel is important.
I have a lot of things in the works right now with my kids being in school, this video just dropped many items off my list. Some things are just not a priority at this time for me.
Simplify and re evaluate
Interested in hearing more about Laura click here to be directed to her website.
Maybe one of her books will be on my reading list in the coming months.....