I don’t think anyone needs me to state the obvious by saying that modern life is hectic. It seems that there are more demands on our time than ever before. I’m sure I’m not the only one that frequently finds themselves frustratedly saying, “I just haven’t got the time !!!”
My life seems to consist of constant ‘to-do lists’ (and I do love making a list with the satisfaction of ticking off complete tasks) and my feet barely touch the ground from the moment I wake in the morning to when I flop into bed exhausted at the end of the day. Housework, nursery/school runs, laundry, feeding and clothing children, feeding and clothing myself, a profession and all it entails, exercise, home admin, life admin, the list goes on and on…and on………..and on………..
The fact of the matter is though that when I say “I haven’t got time” what I’m actually saying is “that isn’t a priority for me at the moment” because when you look at it, time is ALL we have. From when we first enter this world as tiny humans until the moment we shuffle off this mortal coil (probably still taking a massive to-do list with us to the grave) all that lies in between IS time. How we spend that time is down to what is important to us. By deciding what is important to us we can prioritise our time and make sure we have enough of it to do what matters most.
Of course, in order to prioritise certain things, it means we have to sacrifice others to ensure that there is sufficient time to complete what we want to do the most because it just is not possible to do EVERYTHING. When we decide what matters to us the most we also have to decide what matters to us the least.
I would love to find more time in my day to incorporate a daily dose of yoga and meditation because I know I benefit from it in all sorts of ways. In order to find the time, or in other words, make it a priority, I would have to sacrifice something else. The most likely candidate being sleep and I just cannot bring myself to set my alarm clock any earlier. Even sacrificing an extra half hour of sleep seems impossible at the moment as I’m already losing out due to a breastfeeding infant, a snoring husband and a child who doesn’t like to sleep on his own. It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t tag team each other throughout the night to ensure maximum sleep deprivation on my behalf.
There are so many things that I would like to spend more time doing (soaking in a bath, travelling the world, studying, going on more courses, writing more, running) but I already seem to be maxed out on the number of priorities I can give myself. I find it hard to accept that no matter how hard I try I just cannot do everything…it’s impossible. No one can do EVERYTHING. Can they? I suppose I could stop sleeping altogether but again, I don’t think that is an option.
One of the things I do always ensure to prioritise is looking after my oral health. It doesn’t matter how tired I am, I always find time to carry out my interdental cleaning and tooth brushing. That’s 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night. It has always been a priority of mine, it was instilled in me from a very young age and nothing has changed. I see the consequences all too regularly of what happens when this is not a priority. Like I have said, it isn’t a case of not having enough time, it is about making it a priority.
Maybe if I saw the consequences of not doing yoga and meditation on a daily basis then I would be more inclined to make that a priority too….
….or maybe I’d continue to leave my alarm clock as it is and make the most of that final half an hour in bed before the alarm goes off…