I don’t know about you, but trying to create some sort of normalcy in this time of uncertainty seems to fill my thoughts and precious time these days, signalling just how important it is for me and for my children.
I’m a grown man starting a new career with the blessings of having a lifestyle that grants me vast outdoor space and countless chores and unfinished projects waiting in the queue. However, it’s my kids I am most concerned about. They have been
yanked out of their highly rigid and structured school/social lives. While this alone can create undue stress, starting week 4 of self-isolation with unstructured time at home amps it right up!
Why is keeping time important to me?
Not only must I meet my personal commitments for my personal growth and well-being, work responsibilities, and home-related duties, but now I also need to make sure that my kids cultivate a well-balanced daily routine, as well. All this takes commitment, preparation and…TIME!
Why is this even important? Why am I taking time away from the activities which feed me in ways nothing else does to write this!? Well, it seems that the idea of time is nothing more than a matter of perspective. Here is a Ted Talk philosophizing on the merits of keeping time. In a nutshell, time itself is reflective of one’s value system. Ultimately, we get to choose what is important enough to occupy it with.
If Time is invariable (unlike me), what can I do to make good use of it?
I’ve recognized that balance and routine have significant benefits for my mental health and productivity. I’ve made To-Do Lists, calendars and mental notes of all the things ‘important’ enough to get done in the run of a day…sticking to them as best I can. But I’ve also noticed that I have loads of room for growth in this department, which lead me to on-line research for tips. To my pleasant surprise, I wasn’t too far off the mark from the “experts’” suggestions, but I was also exposed to ideas I had not considered before.
Here is a link to a podcast summarizing their best tips:
Motivation and Discipline: two sides of the same coin?
To answer an earlier question, I’ve identified the need and benefits for structure and routine during these times of isolation. With a clear sense of the importance in managing my time, I am motivated to take action. Hence, the commitment was made to find the resources, organize and prioritize. The truth is, managing our time requires discipline and dedication. This doesn’t mean it needs to be tedious. Get creative, set your priorities, commit and enjoy the benefits of being Present through your commitments.
Here is another video which helped me identify what gets me motivated to stay on top of things.
The time invested in bettering my skills has and will reap great rewards in the coming days, weeks, months, and beyond. I hope this opportunity to reset our lives is filled with conscious effort toward creating the life we all craved for at one time in our lives. Perhaps, like never before, we are given the gift of opportunity we dream of.