But before we tackle these things lets get down the rules.
- What is really important – you know the non-negotiable items that can't be put off or delayed. Such as family, health, education, career, spirituality. How do you rank these things?
- Then come up with negotiable. The kids in soccer, baseball, football, the volunteer time at church, the group of friends that get together once a week to gab.
Small bits of time like:
- Watching commercial – most mother’s use these breaks to cook, clean, or do small chores around the house.
- Daydreaming – now this one is important if you’re using this time to say plot out a scene, or decide on which direction you want the story to go. It can be very valuable for deciding what you want to do next.
- Waiting for appointments – this can be use to catch up on articles that you need to read or work through the mail or write bills.
- Riding in the car – this can be use to find out what the kids are doing, setting in your mind what has to be done, and what can wait.
For example if you can’t sit for a long time without getting bored or restless. Set up your breaks so that you go to bathroom, get a drink, eat, delivery items to other people, any thing that still gets a task done, but gives you a break too.
But I’m tired of thinking I want to rest!
Find the items that don’t require a lot of thought and spread them throughout your day to give yourself a break. If you don’t have any, give yourself a time-out. Two minutes to think about nothing. Set a timer and go. Then when it’s over remind yourself that you’ve had a break and you’re ready to face that next hurdle. (Important: the time-out has to be without interruption or you’re not going to feel like you got a break.)
Ride the wave or swim against the current. Both can be fun.