Over the years, I’ve come to realize the paradox of time: the more time we have, the less we know how to use it. There is a quote someone once told me in one of my office jobs that stuck out to me: “If you want something to get done, give it to a busy person.” This couldn’t be more valid. Time is such an illusion, and the truth is we all have enough time. It’s using the time we have efficiently which is key. Looking back, the periods of my life where I was juggling the most, is when I accomplished the most. On the other hand, when you don’t have as much going on, once seemingly small tasks can now take up your entire day. Our perception becomes skewed with the more freedom we get. It’s like when a stay at home parent dramatizes running errands that a working parent can get done in no time. We all crave freedom of time, but have no idea what to do once we have it.
I’ve gone through a lot of periods in my life where I realize this predicament. It took me a while to become motivated on my own and cherish the freedom of not being held down to an established schedule. So many people waste free time doing unproductive things (all while complaining they have no time to accomplish anything). I could have written a series of best-selling books or mastered a foreign language in the amount of time I spent watching Netflix in college. (Imagine? Adding mastering a language to my list now.) It is my goal to not fall victim to continuous time-wasting activities again. I’m not saying well deserved relaxation is bad. It’s actually necessary for balance and our well-being, but being a zombie in front of the TV on a daily basis when I have other goals is not my idea of time well spent.
I currently find myself back in a position of not having a job to report to again. My income streams are solely up to me (buddha and bananas and website design), so I have a super flexible schedule. This is such a gift because for the past 5 months I’ve given up working on so many things I enjoy due to the lifestyle I had. I now have the opportunity to refresh myself and refocus my attention to things that were on the back-burner. One of which is writing. I decided to commit to a 25-day writing challenge, where I will be posting on here once a day for 25 days. I chose this number because it brings me up until my next adventure, which commences Oct 22. 🙂
I’m happy to be challenging myself to this, because I haven’t been posting as much as I would like to be. I’d probably write for 25 days even if I didn’t have readers, but having the accountability of a blog is a great motivator to complete the challenge. I’m not sure what I’ll get out of it, maybe it will get me into the swing of daily posts here on out. Or maybe I’ll start a new daily challenge for another activity, like cooking or running. Who knows. But I am committed to seizing the freedom I’ve been given and using my time wisely. The truth is, we never know when our time will be taken away. It’s up to us to do what we can while we have it.