I admit that while I often instruct my coaching clients to take care of themselves, I don’t always follow my own advice. But I recently had to do just that.
Last fall, I decided to get certified in resume writing. Although I’ve worked in HR for most of my career, I wanted to make sure I did the best for my clients. How tough could it be? Well, very very tough! I had no idea how challenging this program would be. Lots of new skills and intense concentration.
I tried to continue my regular schedule while trying (key word) to complete all my homework assignments. I realized how my stress level was quickly rising to new heights. When I make a commitment, I keep it. But it was my resume assignments that were being put on the back burner.
Eventually I decided to look at where I spend my time and cut back. I gave up some church meetings and groups, I stopped going to some optional business networking events, and yes, I even stopped blogging.
The interesting thing is that the world didn’t stop spinning. My church choir continued fine without me (maybe better)! The good news is I got my certification and am now able to once again readjust my calendar.
What I’ve learned is that sometimes you have to do something that disappoints people. Be selective as to how you spend your time. Pay attention to when you find yourself getting angry or resentful–perhaps it’s time to cut back and figure out what you really want or really can do. From now on, I will be more cautious about how many commitments I take on. A good lesson for everyone.
So, if you have missed my blogs, I’m back and ready to go!!
Perhaps it’s because I’m single and have complete freedom to organize my life–but I really enjoy those books with a daily reading. I keep them on my kitchen table and read them as I eat my breakfast. I’m amazed how many times something that I read will talk right to me. My all-time favorites have been Deep Breath of Life by Alan Cohen and Wealthy Spirit by Chellie Campbell. I just received Alan’s new book, A Daily Dose of Sanity and after reading the former books several times, it’s nice to have a new “stories” to read.
Today I read Alan’s post about 86,400–moments in a day. He challenges us to consider how we spend each moment of our day. The last few weeks, I’ve been getting reminders to be more intentional about how I spend my time. Although I feel I am self motivated and very determined, I am starting to question whether I am working on the right things and if there are ways I could make better use of my time. I suppose it’s like keeping a food journal when you want to lose weight. It’s those tiny little “cheats” we don’t pay attention that keep us fat. Time to tighten up.
How are your 86,400 moments going? Are there ways you can make better use of them?