By the end of 2015, I was frazzled. So many writing and family activities jammed into September, October, and November that I was drained by the end of the year. When I let my life get so busy that any deviation in my schedule threw a King Kong sized monkey wrench into my plans, I knew it was time to reassess my schedule.
Time is more valuable to me than money, and yet I don't budget my time with the care that we now use in our financial planning. I came to a realization that I was letting the things I love be pushed aside by the must-do list.
There are a finite number of weeks, days, hours in a year. Going fishing or hiking during the summer takes advanced planning. Not so much for the activity itself, but making sure we haven't committed ourselves for the weekend already. I'm going to start blocking weekends out on the calendar for outdoors adventures.
Quiet time, those days when you just putter around the house or yard doing nothing of particular importance, is a precious bit of life. So is scheduled downtime. We had been keeping our Saturdays set apart as an expression of our faith. I need to recommit to that sacred time.
You can't stop to smell the roses if you aren't growing any. I realize how important gardening is to me. Working outside gives me a sense of renewal. I missed the precious last weeks of vegetable gardening due to over scheduling myself. Gardening is a time limited activity, with strict boundaries from the last frost in spring to the first freeze in fall. I want to make the most of every precious day of gardening season.
This weekend I spent several hours pruning and repotting houseplants. I was excited, thinking of how taking care of the indoor plants now frees up my time later, to start planning my outdoor garden. A part of budgeting your time is attending to chores today so you can enjoy other activities later.
In 2016, I hope to go fishing more. Spend more time gardening. Enjoy unstructured time with my daughter and her family. Leave openings in my schedule for spontaneity. And write. Just write. For the joy of writing.
Here is a fun link to the HGTV garden page, and 20 garden goals for 2016:
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