Time is constant, and constantly changing. And not …
Doesn’t fly, doesn’t slip away – doesn’t move on some backyard sundial or slip through that pinch point in an hour glass or egg-timer.
It can be still or noisy.
It involves movement. Or none at all.
It cannot be held in our hand, cannot be bought or sold, has no cost yet it possessed great power and incalculable value.
It cannot be given away, cannot be loaned or borrowed, but it can surely be used, wasted or frittered away.
I used to have crazy mornings – I would have my to-do list of work things, personal things and writing things. In truth, I’d have 12 hours of work scheduled for any particular 4 hour window of time – not allowing for the very predictable and expected: unforeseen calls, emails or ‘needs-to-recalculate’. In the last year I’ve modified this substantially to great effect. I still do urgent things urgently, time-sensitive things on time and meet deadlines, but otherwise I give myself permission to have ‘writing mornings’ and ‘real estate afternoons’, and ‘off-time’.
I get more done, have less stress and have found this ‘attitude’ together with a new scheduling and planning tool, that I clarify my focus for the week, my focus day-to-day and I’ve found that putting blocks of time on my schedule to protect that focus – well, the combo of these tweaks has been transformative. It might not be for everyone or for anyone else but it seems really right for me.
In the final analysis I might be crazy but my mornings aren’t crazy anymore.