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Month: October 2014
Whatever happens in your life, take note: There’s much insight to be gained.
For example, this little fellow snuck into our home not too long ago and has taught us so much since then.
My husband noticed a skinny shadow slipping along the narrow space between the shoe rack on the deck and the sliding glass door. The “shadow” sped into the house, headed directly for the cat bowls, and devoured the food as though prompted by an insatiable hunger.
Eleau won his chow and in less than an instant our hearts as well.
“What should we do?” my husband asked. Bernie knows feeding a wild kitty is never a one time affair. We have two adult cats already. They finally made peace after a several-year stand-off and can actually (sometimes) sleep on the same bed.
The odds of their accepting a newcomer seemed slim, but fortunately Eleau had youth on his side. And how could we turn a baby away?
If you’ve read some of my recent articles, you probably sense my wish to let go of the unnecessary busyness in my life life and dwell more frequently in stillness.
This isn’t a new development.
- I’ve spoken about this pull sporadically over the past three years beginning with Entering the Forest of Many Delights.
- I continued the exploration in Making Space to See the Purity of Your Being, when one of my spiritual teachers – who happens to be a New York Times best selling author as well – disappeared on purpose for three years.
- Then I looked at it from a different angle when I explored How to Balance Work and Play.
Interestingly, the first two articles where written around my birthday month, when change always seems to be the order of the day, and the third as I entered the last quarter of my birthday year.
This past week of time tracking served as a wake-up call. It revealed activities which are not aligned with my values, priorities, and deepest goals. During the process, I looked at each aspect of my existence and asked, “Is this in line with my life purpose?” Time tracking also showed me precisely where I can simplify my life and stop wasting time.
Time-tracking can do this for you too. If you would like to give it a try, you can download and use my free time tracking log.
Yes, I want you to talk to yourself in wonderful and soothing ways. As soon as you start to feel stressed, please talk to yourself with clear, gentle, and encouraging words.
You see, a cascade of biochemicals courses through your body when the stress response turns on. What happens when your body and brain go into this alarm state? Imagine: tight muscles, increased heart rate, impaired digestion, depressed immune system and so much more.
That’s okay occasionally, but constantly living in a state of emergency will take a toll on your health and happiness.
Fortunately, you can turn the stress response around. One way to do so is to talk to yourself in a soothing way. Your kind words will let your brain know the “danger” has passed and thus will allow the relaxation response to kick in.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver
On an absolute level, time is a figment of our imagination. Nothing exists but the present moment.
On a relative level, however, this lifetime is finite. Therefore, we need to make clear choices with our time or we’ll end up dissatisfied and full of regrets.
Understanding the absolute perspective can bring humor when we get all tied in knots about time. Understanding the relative perspective ensures we act responsibly and gain the most out of our limited time on this earth.
A Time Tracking Adventure
I often feel like there’s not enough time for all that I would like to do. But is that really true? I’ve decided to track how I spend my time for a week to find out for sure. I’ve done this before and found it to be so effective and clarifying.
Would you like to join me?
If so, download my free 7-Day Time Tracking Log. Let’s take this adventure into the labyrinth of time together. If 7 days seems too long, then try it out for 3 days or even 1 day.
The purpose of time tracking is to understand how you’re actually spending your time.
- What you’re really doing, not what you think you’re doing.
- Where you use your time efficiently, where you waste time.
- How much time it actually takes to do a particular task. Often, we grossly underestimate the time involved in any particular activity. At least I do!
Some people say they’re afraid to track their time. They’re afraid to find out the truth. I understand, but it might also be one of the most liberating experiments you’ll ever do.
Each week offers you 168 hours – no more, no less. I want to find out how I’m using those hours. With a clear picture, I’ll be able to reorganize, prioritize, or eliminate to decrease stress and increase contentment.
Are you in? Here’s my free time tracking log if you’d like to join me.
Do you know how you spend your time – really? How do you feel about the prospect of tracking your time? I would love to hear.
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