Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Quote Day

"Do we need more time? Or do we need to be more disciplined with the time we have?"
~ Kerry Johnson

Oh. My. God. Do we even need to ask?

I'm a lucky woman, in that I don't have a nine-to-five job where I have to show up, produce, accomplish, interact or perform. The job I have doesn't pay much, but I get to stay home, do laundry, cook, pay bills, clean and fill the remaining hours with as many hobby and leisure activities as I can fit in. And workouts. Don't forget the workouts. Heh.

At the end of the day, though, I usually don't have much to show for my waking hours. I knit while watching television (I find it very difficult to just sit in front of a program sans knitting project), so I do, eventually, end up with completed sweaters, blankets, slippers and hats. I love to cook, and truly enjoy the hours spent preparing food. I try to clean up as I go along so I don't have a disaster-filled kitchen to put back together when the last bite is gone. And I especially love to bake. I need a faster metabolism in order to bake as much as I'd like to, though.

I'm not much for cleaning. As Roseanne Barr famously said, "You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again." Oh, it's not that bad around Chez Middle of Nowhere, but close.

I think it's clear, regarding today's quote, that for me, more time is not the question. I have the time. I need to be more disciplined about my use of it.

It's been suggested that scheduling a workout in your day planner will force you to fit it in. As long as I work out in the morning, I don't have trouble fitting it in. As the day grows longer, my motivation to sweat wanes and it gets easier and easier to delay it until the next day.

So it's not even making time for workouts that's bothering me. This winter has been brutal, with endless sunless days and endless vistas of snow, both of which have kept me indoors playing solitaire on my iPod. That, to me, is a total waste of time. And yet I do it anyway.

I'm not making any promises that I'm going to replace playing solitaire with writing, crafting, knitting or even cleaning. I'm just talking to myself, mostly, about making priorities. I need to figure out what I'd love to do. And then do it.

Lest you think I'm kidding about our weather, here's the Special Weather Statement for today. Grrr. And brrr.






Elora said...


I have a couple of puzzles I can lend you for next week's snowstorm forecast on this morning's news...

:-)) Elora

Anne M. said...

You are productive and creative with your time, and on evil endless winter days, being able to stay home and off the snowy/icy roads is a wonderful thing.

These cold dark gloomy days are not inspiring for exercise for me, either. I want to be warm and cocooned, not stripped down and sweating with the prospect of getting the winter paraphernalia on again to go home.

Figuring out what you really like doing means you're more likely to actually do it. Sounds like a good plan for me, too.