April 10, 2010

how long does it take, really

Writing a blog post really doesn't take that long.  I have lots of thoughts a day that would make a perfectly good blog post.  And yet here I look and it has been over a month since I posted anything.  Yes, I have been busy, yet I could easily have spared the 15 or 30 minutes a couple of times a week that it would have taken me to write down some thoughts.
Some people are naturally good at fitting things in.  I think they are the ones who accomplish a lot in a day, because they just do it.  They don't do what I do, which is think about it and figure out how much time it might take and make sure there is a good safety margin on either side of it and something else that needs to be done so things don't run overtime or make me late for something.
Over the past five years or so, I have moved myself from someone who couldn't fit anything in between appointments to someone who is able to fit things in.  And, with practice, I have lost a great deal of the anxiety that used to go along with it.  Yet I know it is possible to get better at this.  Far better to fit the things in than be anxious about how much there is to do and that there isn't enough time to get it all done.  It is possible to fit a lot into your day, do an excellent job, and be calm.

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