Be careful what you say ‘Yes’ to.
Or is the real question - what are you saying ‘No’ to?
I have a writing goal. Increasingly I feel my writing goal coming to life. It is real and I am achieving it. As my goal comes to life it is becoming easier to put aside a couple of hours every morning for writing. Normally this is between 4.30 and 6.30am. I am an early riser and find this is the best writing time for me.
I often wake up with the words in my head and while the rest of the house is quiet, very quiet, I turn my laptop on. (Not my e-mail though, otherwise my thoughts start to get diluted). In the quietness and without e-mails I can consolidate my thoughts into the written word.
This morning I am tired. It happens. There are many reasons why I can be tired. A big week, too many evening commitments or maybe just a little run down. Last night as I was getting ready to go to bed reasonably early, I went to say good night to my partner who was watching Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Good Night. Before I knew it I was watching the movie too (and manage to stay awake through it). Ultimately I went to bed around midnight. This is not helpful when I was intending to get up at 4:30am. I don’t set an alarm. I usually just wake around about 4.30. This morning I did not wake until much later - today I will not write as much as I had hoped.
So in this case, my choosing to watch an evening of TV has robbed me of 2 hours of quality creative time. My time. My space.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying give up TV.
What I am saying though is – unconsciously, by watching TV I traded out my quality time. I call the TV ‘The Thief’. It is easy to loose hours, many hours every week watching The Thief.
Without consciously paying attention to how much time you spend in front of the TV how much of your life are you giving up?
There are many ways to protect your space and time. During the day I block out chunks of time for key activities and very consciously manage my time. The conscious management of time is easier. I shared this story about the TV because it is an easy trap to fall into. What is your ‘unconscious ‘ thief? What robs you of your space, your time?
Be careful what you say ‘Yes’ to. Or is the real question - what are you saying ‘No’ to?
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