Hey Guys! Some of you may have noticed but the past few months have been a crazy whirlwind of travel for me. Mostly for work but a little fun thrown in here and there. I think now would be a great time to talk about “making time” even when things get busy and it feels like you don’t have any time to spare. Lets do this thinking out loud style!
Linking up with Amanda, check out her full post here! Fair warning…none of these pictures really have anything to do with what I’m typing, but more of things that I enjoy or happy moments in my life. I felt it was the right thing to do 😀
- Making time isn’t always about doing something, sometimes you need to make time to sit and just BE. When I get back from travels I try and give myself one day to relax, recharge and be with Joe and the pups. I think this is the most important time you can make. This doesn’t even have to be travel, maybe you had a jam-packed week of non-stop stuff to do…make time to relax and recharge. Your mind and body will thank you.
2. Unplug yourself!!! Why spend time with actual flesh and blood people if you are just going to be on some tech device. I cannot tell you how much I miss the days when my friends and I didn’t have any kind of tech so we had to make up our own games, come up with things to say to each other, learn things in a library. Seriously, that makes me sound old but when I’m at a restaurant by myself I look around and see couples sitting eating while looking at their phones. What’s so important you cant take 20 minutes and talk to each other. Life is happening in-front of you, put that device away and engage in it! You might be surprised as the time you have on your hands when its not spent on Facebook. Make time to engage.
3. If you have a significant other in your life, make time for them. When I’m gone I try and keep the weekend after I get back free so we can do something together. Whether its sit at home and relax, go out to a movie, walk around the mall, something so that we have a chance to reconnect. We’ve been together for 13 years, so far it seems to keep things a float 🙂 Make time for those you love.
4. Set reminders. I know this sounds silly, but I have a reminder in my phone to do yoga. This is something I enjoyed and helped refocus at the end of the week, so now every Friday (when I’m home) I make time for my yoga video.
5. If something is important to you, find a way to make it happen. I hear people say all the time “I’m so busy”…no you just don’t want to make time. Things that are important should be made important. My family is important to me so I make sure, no matter what’s going on, birthdays, holidays, we are spending it together. We make time for things that are important to us, and maybe that means not doing something else you had planned, but believe me, you wont regret the time you spend with the ones you love or doing the things that bring you joy. Make time for whats important to you.
6. Learn something new! Carve out 30 minutes a week and learn something new. Maybe you aren’t that great of a cook, find a recipe you want to try and get at it! I myself want to learn a new language, I have Duolingo on my phone and I try and do at least 1 lesson a night. Keep your mind stimulated, your older self will thank you. Make time to educate yourself.
7. Pick up your head and notice the beauty. I think we as people tend to keep our heads down (literally and figuratively) and miss the beauty that is around us. I work downtown, which most days is the same as it always is, but when you walk with your head up it may surprise you what you notice. Sometimes its a stunning sunset, others its a simple act of human kindness, you never know what you will see with your head up…not to mention road signs so you don’t walk into a street of on-coming traffic 🙂 Make time to notice the little things.
8. This one may sound odd, but make time to pay attention. I have learned so much about people and just random topics by listening to whats going on around me, picking up bits of information from people or reading random articles. The more you know the more valuable you are. Make time to open your ears and listen.
9. Above all else, just remember that life is way too short to forget to make time. Now don’t get all crazy and “treat each day like its your last” and all that business, but just remember how fragile life is and how its too precious to waste all your time on things you don’t enjoy. Make time!
10. What are you going to make time for today?