Arguing with time

Arguing with time

I’ve got so many desires, interest and ideas that I could fill a lifetime with projects and tasks and collaborations. Yet, I must sleep, eat, hydrate and find time to do NOTHING to prevent burn out, so I’m present for my clients, husband, children and friends.

But how do I reign in all that I want to do, all that I’m inspired to do?

It’s not easy and sometimes I don’t manage to keep myself in check. I get an idea and I start running with it, only to find out that I’m going to be working weekends or have to cut back on my exercise, or have more paint to clean up than I initially planned. Somehow I manage to get these thing completed, and they turn out well.

And then there are other times. Times when it doesn’t turn out well or I’m not enjoying the project because I’m tired and my head is filled with way too much stuff. Even though I track all my to-dos and project steps, having learned how to organize them over time, my brain hits capacity and I’m no longer functioning fabulously. Instead of being present in the moment or enjoying the journey, I’m looking forward to when things are finished.  I’ve decided that I want to enjoy most of what I do, so “just finishing” is not the lifestyle, or work-style I want.

Recently, I found myself headed in the “it’s not going to turn out well” direction. I have a full load of clients, I’m launching a webinar series for helping your get tech handled, and I’m taking the first baby steps needed to knock down many walls in my house and build new ones. I was just trucking along as I always did, filling up my calendar with travel, more clients, speaking engagements, etc. when thankfully, my coach said, “woah, you need to be realistic.” And when I took stock, I realized she was right. I can’t keep going at the same pace when my house doesn’t have walls. It’ll be too stressful and there will definitely be surprises once I open up that can of worms. So I better put SPACE in my life for the next few months. Space that is blocked off so I can, happily and with ease, complete what I’ve committed to do.

So this goes to show, that even the organizer needs a coach to help get perspective, and make tough decisions about where to put my energy and time.

I’m sitting in the place of being very careful what I take on, what appointments and commitments I make.  It doesn’t mean I’m not open to anything new, but those things have got to be a “hell yes” in my gut, for me to even look at my calendar and see if there’s room.

And for those of you who like me are driven and have projects enough for a lifetime, here’s what I learned to do from my coach last month:

  • Take time with a friend, a coach or on your own to narrow your focus on those “hell yes” projects
  • Block off time in your calendar months in advance so you can create with ease, even if you don’t yet know specifics
  • Block off NOTHING time
  • Add the projects that aren’t fitting into your current life/ schedule onto a someday list
  • Start tracking how long it takes to launch, prep for an event, or write a blog so you can block off the right amount of time for future projects
  • Block off more time than you need because bonus time is way better than stressed, crunched time!