I’m Breaking Up With Law & Order

You might remember a couple weeks ago I wrote about my frustration regarding how I spent my Monday evening.  In response to that post, I received a flood of comments from beautiful readers supporting my choice to “do nothing.”  It warmed the cockles of my heart. 

However, I realized my frustration wasn’t derived from my lazy behavior.   Because I happily park myself in front of the TV every Tuesday and Thursday evening without qualm.  And it wasn’t from my perpetually dirty floors.  I’ve made my peace with that.  It was that I was sitting in front of the TV watching stupid shows that I didn’t even enjoy.  And to spend three hours of my life doing something unenjoyable?  That just seems ridiculous.

That realization is what finally pushed me to read Amy Andrews’ ebook Tell Your Time.  And I am incredibly glad I did.  So much of what she wrote resonated with me.  It’s not just a manual of how to budget your time.  It’s a tool to help you identify the obstacles that are keeping you from living a fulfilling life.

Through the process I learned something very important.  That I don’t have concrete goals.  I seem to be simply going through the motions every week with little insight as to where I’m headed or what I want to accomplish.  And I’m just spinning my wheels.  No wonder I’m overwhelmed most of the time. 

Another “ah ha!” moment?  That I really have much more free time than I previously thought.  Once I mapped out all my non-negotiable weekly tasks, I realized that there is a lot of blank space that I can fill with meaningful activities.  And that gave me a calming sense of control over my life.

While I know that not every week will be the same or even mildly predictable, this process has helped me identify opportunities to enhance my life.  So, if you’ve ever said, “There aren’t enough hours in the day!” (*raises hand*) or “I just don’t have time to cook a meal!” you might want to consider giving Tell Your Time a chance to improve your life. 

*I have not been compensated in any way for this endorsement.  However, if someone wanted to pay me to endorse something, I would seriously consider it.  Because there’s a War on Debt goin’ on up in her’!  But be aware that if I don’t like something, I’m not going to say otherwise.  However, my parents did tell me that if I don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.  And I was a good kid and listened to my parents…  most of the time.

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4 Responses to I’m Breaking Up With Law & Order

  1. Kristy says:

    very interesting. I'm to0 scared to map out my time. No one REALLY needs to know how much time I spend on facebook (of course, all the while complaining there's no time to do anything) :)

  2. SJT says:

    My problem is that if Sam is just sitting around then I say – why should I be doing something productive – so I just sit around too.

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