©2015 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
Many of my clients are plagued by what can only be called time stress. With deadlines approaching, they aren’t ready and they wonder where their time went. Is this you? How do you spend your time? Do you even know? Is your sense of your time as clear as the clock in this photo?
You’re not alone. But there’s help! Read on, and consider taking a whole new view of your time. You may be amazed at how you can take control, of your week and your deadlines.
First, picture your week. Literally. Take a piece of paper at least 8 ½ x 11, and draw yourself a diagram of your week, with 7 rectangles in a row. Label them with the days of your week, the way you visualize your week. My rectangles start with Sunday on the left and Saturday on the right. Each rectangle represents 24 hours of that day, from midnight to midnight. Now block out time for sleep in each day’s rectangle. I block out 8 hours, which includes tooth brushing, alarm setting and reading something irrelevant before bed. That leaves me 16 hours for everything else each day. Now block out time for meals, showering, exercising, and grocery shopping. For this example, let’s say that’s 2 hours per day.
At this point, in this example, there are 14 hours still left in the day. Can you fit banking, work, exercise, church, meditation, getting gas, and relationships all into the rest of the day? Sure you can! Seven days times 14 hours per day is 98 hours every week! Now, from this perspective, you’re absolutely rolling in time! The timescape stretches out before you, bound only by your free choices as to how to allocate your hours. Do you want to structure in certain blocks of time for writing? Go ahead. Now you know there’s lots of time, and you control it with your choices. The truth is,
You have more control than you think.
Now, consider that you can control your deadline agreements. Even if you work for an organization, you regularly make agreements about what you will do and when you will have it done. You have actually been doing this most of your life. Being aware of the hours you have available can make you more clear about what agreements you can make about writing projects, childcare and elder care, volunteering, and participating in blog challenges and contests. So how much time does each would-be commitment take? Remember, you have 98 hours to spend for commitments. Ask about the hours expected and look at your day blocks, to see if a certain project/contest/commitment will fit comfortably in your week or month.
Start taking control of your time and time stress. You ‘ll find your stepping into a whole new level of living. You’re stepping into becoming the Effective Author. Questions?
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Both that book and Peace Within are available through her office. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: email@example.com .