March 09, 2018

Word of the Week | Time

TIME

Since the beginning of the week I've been making a conscious effort to be better with my time.

I am a stay at home mum, and so compared to many other parents I do have a lot of extra time on my hands - I'm well aware of that, and thankful to be in this position at this current time in life - however I've found myself turning into a big a procrastinator... To the point where I'd even been getting behind on simple day to day household tasks. 

I don't enjoy not having my to do list ticked off, especially when it comes to the house, and I wasn't enjoying myself during procrastination either... I was just wasting away time doing idle mindless activities. Now don't get me wrong, I do like to have some idle mindless time every now and then, but it was getting beyond a joke if I'm being honest. I recognised my problem, and set out to rectify.

Routine is my thing - I thrive on structure & I find I work my best with designated times for things - and so this week I've added things to my day to day routine that I wouldn't have otherwise, previously just slotting them into my day as and when. By making time in my day for most things, specific time, I've found I've been a lot more productive, less restless and a lot less stressed & overwhelmed.

My words kind of sound like I lead a very regimented day, however that isn't the case, and it definitely doesn't feel like that at all. My intention was to be more mindful and deliberate with my time, and happily so, I've achieved that. 

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  1. Sounds like you've cracked it this week. I do feel better getting things ticked off my list, makes the day that bit more satisfying, doesn't it? x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

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  2. I go through periods like that, where all I do is procrastinate and fall behind with everything. I'm like you and thrive on routine, I find it helpful to go back to a very detailed to-do list and follow it to the T. That usually works to get me back on track. Hope you have a productive weekend x

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    1. We sound pretty similar in that respect, Angela. I hope you've had a lovely weekend!

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  3. It's great that you have sorted your time management. I think if you have lots of time on your hands it is too easy to leave everything to the last minute #wotw

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  4. ...time waits for no one.

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    1. That it doesn't... Time is precious, which is why I no longer want to procrastinate & waste it.

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  5. It sounds like things are going great. I hope you get everything ticked off your to do list. #WotW

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  6. I do love structure and feeling like I have achieved something X #wotw

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    1. Its a nice feeling at the end of the day. I hope you've had a lovely weekend!

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  7. That sounds good. I think it's something I may have to try, I do find myself wasting a lot of time, I think a little structure might be helpful, I'll take a leaf from your book(blog) x #Wotw

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    1. Structure isn't for everyone, but it works so well for many.

      I hope you've had a lovely weekend, Anne.

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  8. I procrastinate too. I don't like to admit it, but a to do list does make my life easier. I have flurries of activity and then slow time. I guess it's getting the right balance. #wotw

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    1. Balance is key to many aspects of life...

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  9. I definitely procrastinate, but you've inspired me to get a routine planned and hopefully that will help get the work done! #WotW

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    1. Routine isn't for everyone, but allowing flexibility and learning what works for you is key to finding a good routine that suits you & your needs.

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  10. I ma the same, even though both of our two are at school, work I have a pattern and structure and feel that works for me to get the most out of the day x

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    1. Structure has many benefits - it sounds like you've found one to fit your family.

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  11. Having a routine does help you to get things done. I can definitely relate to wasting time doing idle mindless activities - it's so easy to do at times! Glad to hear that you're managing to get back on top of the to-do list :-) #WotW

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    1. And when you start with the idle activities, it can be hard to stop them! Thank you!

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  12. Hi Jade, I love reading posts like this as it makes me realise how many of us are terrible procrastinators, even when we know we feel better for just getting on and doing what needs to be done. My advice about not having your To-Do list is not to keep one, not a real one. It's far better to focus on the things we've done rather than have a reminderof the things we've not.

    xx

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    1. I like that sentiment Deb - thanks for sharing!

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