Happy summer to those of you living in the North East! I don’t know about you, but this beautiful change in weather has certainly lifted my spirits. The sunshine has me taking stock of how I spend my time - and reevaluating how I want to spend it – so I can enjoy more of those rays, (even if that means protecting this fair Irish skin with a parasol).
Last weekend, I finally slowed down enough to acknowledge just how busy I've been. I've been rush, rush, rushing around for the last several months from one thing to another, barely taking time to have a proper meal, let alone squeeze in exercise - and quiet time with my husband? Forget it. We've been like ships passing in the night. Something needed to change, so this is what I did:
1. I started a time journal. I took inventory of how I was spending my time, then evaluated how I could create more of it. I noted the activities I was spending time on and how they made me feel.
2. I journaled about my ideal day. How it would start...Who I would spend it with... The type of work I was doing.. The conversations I was having.
3. I translated elements of my ideal day into my everyday. After rereading my ideal day, I asked myself, how can I incorporate moments of my ideal day into my everyday?
This is what came out of it: I now set the alarm to sound an hour earlier and start each day by going for a 45 minute walk with my loving husband around our gorgeous neighborhood. We return home to enjoy breakfast together before I get in the shower to get ready for work. No cell phones. No news. No noise. Just us, the birds, and the occasional spiderweb.
This small change has completely transformed everything. I'm getting more sleep (because I'm going to bed earlier). I'm making better food choices throughout the day. I have more energy! And best of all, my man and I are more deeply connected then we have been in a long time.
Tell me in the comments below, what small tweaks will you make to your schedule to create more time for the people and things that you love?
Cheers to taking back the morning! With love, P