Someone asked me recently if I sleep much, because I shared how much blogging and writing “stuff” I’ve been doing lately. This was online. But then at a Camp NaNo write-in last Sunday, someone asked me the same thing to my face: “I bet you don’t sleep, at all, do you?” They sounded exasperated and genuinely curious.
I figured I’d talk about what keeps me going, since I actually do sleep. A lot.
That’s my secret.
No, really, that’s all there is to it.
I learned a long time ago, way back in the dark ages of university, that I could not run seven days a week without a break. I had several part-time jobs and was a full time student, so I would stuff things wherever there wasn’t another thing already in my calendar. As you might imagine, I dropped a lot of balls and got very little sleep.
Then I read some books on time and life management, and things changed.
We’ll now pause for the inevitable eye roll. What is it about mentioning Stephen Covey that makes people look at me that way? ~smile~
One thing Covey talks about is his idea of “sharpen the saw.” If we use the saw without ever sharpening it, what happens? It gets dull. Then I was given a gift of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and she suggests that we take one day off a week. Scheduling is verboten. We don’t even have to get out of our pajamas if we don’t want to.
I remember staring at the book like I’d been bonked on the head by a heavy object. One day off a week. How revolutionary!
Ever since then, I’ve been using those two ideas together in my daily round. The rest of the time I try to be as focused as possible, and I work hard to stay organized so I don’t drop balls. I’m as human as the next person, and I do make mistakes, but I find that by allowing myself that breathing space, when I do sit down to do something I can be more efficient because my battery isn’t drained.
I’m passionate about personal organization, as you can no doubt tell from this post. If you’re curious about some of the ideas that people have come up with regarding the topic, I’ve put three of my favorites below. I hope you enjoy them, and find them as revolutionary as I did.
Oh, and for the record? We still keep the Sunday rule in our house – no planned events on Sundays, for the most part; and pajamas are the attire of the day. Sheer bliss!
- Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach
- The Ten Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, by Hyrum W. Smith
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
– E.E. Cummings
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