Stuff happens, eh! I had exciting plans for the week, and the English summer finally arrived… and then I came down with a chest infection and felt rotten. Those sunny-day plans went out of the window.
With two little ones there are no ‘sick days’ as a buffer. I powered on (albeit in low-gear!) taking care of the essentials – all fed, watered and entertained. Same hours in the day but the priority was very different…
And here came my lightbulb moment.
Outside of caring for the boys, my priority was rest and repair. I culled my planned-out week. Tasks, chores, outings HAD to be cancelled or postponed. Getting back on my feet was the aim of the game so (when I could) I slept, I watched movies, I ate better, I had bubble baths. I was generally a lot kinder to myself than usual.
A typical week would have these ‘indulgent’ things way down the pecking order. The tasks, chores, errands would come first.
But could I get the best of both?
With a bit of time management, hey?! Or, how about this, how about a bit of purpose management.
See, we can’t actually do anything about time. It’s a definitive – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Always has been, always will. (I’ve heard this so many times but it’s never quite hit home.) So if I’m managing my purpose with the time I’ve got rather than robbing hours here and there (yet often feel I’m running half an hour late for my life!), maybe I’ll start making time for the things that count.
And yes, my own health and wellbeing count. Yours too. But I’d bet my bottom dollar it’s not reflected in how you currently manage your time.
So, how about if you manage your purpose rather than your time? What is it you’re wanting? How do you want to live? And love? And feel?
If you were to take obligations out of the picture for a moment, just imagine what you would purposely choose to do with your time.
So, Sunday night is the night of my ‘weekly review’. As I go through my usual routine (planner, calendar and a glass of wine all essential!), I’ll be looking at my week with fresh eyes. And I encourage you to too.
Let me hear what you think. What would this week look like if you started with purpose first?
To a week that sparkles (with purpose!), Emma x