My husband and I have an appointment every morning at 6:15 am. Appointment isn't a good word. Maybe I should call it a date? I don't know, but the point is, every morning from 6:15 until 7:00, we hang out. No TV, no phones, no computer, no iPods, no kiddos…just the two of us. It has done wonders for our marriage. I highly recommend it.
Goofy sidenote: One morning we actually recorded our morning conversation with the intention of posting it. Just for fun. Unfortunately, the video was too dark and not loud enough. Bummer. Maybe we'll try again sometime.
But that's not my point.
Oftentimes our morning time consists of me processing out loud. Brian generally asks, "So, how's your soul?" Sometimes I even stop talking long enough to ask him how his soul is. I'm a monopolizer. (Ahem.) What can I say. He's a man of few words and he's very patient, wise and kind.
But anyway, that's not my point either.
What is my point?
So, I have been lamenting the fact that I just can't. seem. to. get. my schedule to flow smoothly lately. It's weird. You'd think I could figure this out seeing as I wrote a book about it and all. But no dice.
I feel all time-sloppy.
And then my husband reminded me of something great.
He said, "I think you generally underestimate the amount of time it takes you to do something."
You know how I can tell? Because I feel like I live with a layer of frustration just beneath the surface. Like I'm trying to do too many things at once. It's difficult for me to relax and just be. That frustration, unfortunately, leaks out all over the ones I love most.
I'd venture to guess this is a problem for a lot of us.
Remember Seth Godin's definition of stress in his interview with Michael Hyatt? It's "what happens when you want to do two things at the same time." That happens easily when you are constantly squeezing several things into too little time.
Time to refresh and revamp my schedule!
So. Two things I'm working on:
- Rethinking my activities and planning out a more realistic time block for each.
- Cutting back on much of what I'm doing.
#2 is hard. But it's gotta be done. Sometimes you just gotta be brutal.
What about you? Do you underestimate the time it takes you to do something?