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Summer "Time" And The Livin' Is Easy
"Time is what we want most, but use worst." William Penn
Why is it that we have every intention to manage time, but it seems to manage us? Because we allow time to manage us. Time is never in charge, in fact, nothing is ever in charge of us. We choose how we think and act in every situation.
Can we begin to think differently about time?
Time is on my mind this week because I spend my summer time differently than any other time of the year. One of my favorite pastimes during the summer is sitting on my deck and enjoying my garden. I could literally sit for hours and let time drift away, unfortunately my schedule doesn't permit that. However, with the brilliant invention of laptops and wireless connection I am in my garden office as I write this post!
I notice that as I work from my nature-filled office I am more relaxed, comfortable and serene. I have a deadline for the post, but I'm unaffected by it. Here, communing with nature, all is well, effortless. Everything is in perfect order and I trust that it will all get done when it's supposed to. All the words are coming when they are due—right on time! Time is not in charge, I am!
What's the secret of creating more time?
Several months ago I learned a powerful technique. I experimented with it on an administrative day when I was alone in the office. I worked ten hours and felt so energized at the end of the day I could have gone out dancing if I wanted to. My secret was staying fully present to the moment. I made it a point to stay focused on what I was doing every moment of the day—no multi-tasking! If I was sipping a glass of water, I was sipping a glass of water. If I was writing, I was writing. If I was eating I focused on the experience of tasting and enjoying the food. It was very calming.
I have to admit I didn't do it perfectly and it required an enormous amount of discipline and awareness. I learned that when I didn't get ahead of myself, wasn't focused on the past, and stayed fully present to the moment, I had no stress, more energy and I utilized my time more effectively! I was amazed! It seems that I should have lost time by slowing down, but I accomplished more in that one day than I ever have in that period of time.
What role does stress play?
Stress is an energy buster. If we don't have energy, we get behind on tasks and we loose valuable time. When we're not worrying about how much we have to do, what deadlines we have to meet, where we need to be when, or what happened yesterday or last month, we automatically receive the gift of energy and surprisingly, time! When we choose to slow down and enjoy the moment we actually have more time to sit and enjoy the moment! Everything happens in its perfect time, worrying never speeds anything up or gets the job done--ever!
How can we keep it going?
Summer beckons for us to slow down, soak up the sun, commune with nature, let go of the worries, and be fully present to whatever is happening around us. It gives us permission—no guilt—to just be. What a gift! Hooray for vacations! We can't have summer all year round, but we can take note of our vacation recharge process and weave in some of the principles all year long by taking mini vacations throughout the day. Start your practice of staying present with something simple—brushing your teeth, taking a shower, sipping your coffee, or playing with your child. Notice what happens when several of these moments are strung together.
Summer "time" and the livin' is easy; savor every moment one at a time!
posted on: 7/3/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.