Recently I hired an assistant for my consulting business, and it seems silly to pay for an assistant if I don’t use that newly found time to start making more sense of what I do with my time.
When I was playing with the quartet on Thursday, I was thinking out loud that there are a lot of things that I wish I had time to do … but don’t seem to find time to do. A friend suggested I just try to do each activity once or twice a week instead of trying for a “practice every day” kind of schedule. This sounds like a pretty good idea. I’m thinking about reserving 60 minutes a day for some of these things I feel like I don’t have time for.

First thing to do – make a list of things I like to do (or want to do) that could be done in time increments less than one hour. Note these are also all things I am currently NOT doing. Here goes …

  • play the viola
  • play the guitar
  • play the piano
  • scrapbook a page
  • journal about our trip to Turkey
  • do yoga
  • pamper myself (do my nails, use lotion, take a bubble bath)
  • practice “sit, stay, and come with the dogs” (who have become really lax in listening)
  • practice my German
  • practice my Spanish
  • relearn the small amount of Arabic I knew
  • find a new recipe to make and make the necessary grocery list
  • meditate
  • write a letter to someone
  • call a friend

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.