by Cara Lumen
Our lives are full of transitions – movement from one phase to another, one awareness to a new one. And with each of those transitions we get to make new choices.
I’ve been a metaphysician for a long time and I know how our thoughts create our reality. But so do our actions. When I have something new I want to add to my life I realize I am the sculptor, the molder of my day. My choices, my belief, my expectations will usher in the new opportunity.
What needs to go?
The first step in any making any change is awareness. You need to look at what you have created in your life, what and who you have attracted, how rewarding or unrewarding your life is. Put that on a list to further your awareness.
Then take some time to write down how long you spend doing certain things. For instance, I read 5 or 6 blogs every day and that takes me 45 minutes. I consider that learning and inspiration time. Where I put it in my day is a choice I get to make. I’ve been doing it first thing but in actuality my mind is ready to write first thing so that might be a better choice.
What do you need to add to your day?
My daughter is considering changing her office space at work so she won’t have so many interruptions. They have hired someone new and have to make room for her. If my daughter moves herself to the end of the rows that hold her people it would give her one thing she really craves – fewer interruptions. Look carefully at your day. What do you need to add or subtract? What do you need to change?
This post came about because now that I have had my second knee replacement surgery I want to add movement back into my life. This means the strength building exercises the physical therapist gave me, my incumbent bike which I can do while reading a book, and longer walks outside. I also want to join a Silver Sneakers program and go there several times a week.
My daughter needs to remove herself from her situation. I need to move myself into new interactions.
Has your work load changed?
You really can structure your work load any way that works for you. I schedule my clients on particular days during the week. I use another day for working on my business, not in it. I use another day for writing – blog posts, information products, new courses.
Arrange for uninterrupted time. Arrange for focused time. Narrow your "to do" list to three things every day and get them done. Just three and acknowledge yourself for what you have accomplished.
What are you doing with your spare time? Do you have any spare time?
Naps are good. But to take a nap you have to slow down enough to allow yourself to know you need one and to release whatever else you had in mind so you can take one.
Reading is fun. For years I never read anything but books that taught me more about my business. Now I have a good mix of entertainment and learning.
Are you social enough? I love being alone but do not care to be lonely. Go find someone to hang out with. I’m in a new environment with easy access to people and am going to promote domino and mah jong games and I’m going to the Council on Aging to find some interesting volunteer work that will take me out in my new community.
What do you want to do that you need to make time for?
Oh that list of wanna-do’s. Frustrating, isn’t it. But if you pick just one project and schedule some time to work on it you’ll get excited and encouraged and make it happen. Look at your idea list and choose the one that is currently most relevant and calls to your passion. Then do it.
I love to write so anytime I can find new reasons to do that I will. But what I write is a choice. I am planning a course on curriculum development and have five huge source books to study. It feels hard and it feels exciting. I have a semi-schedule in mind to start it and a deadline for its completion. Now I need to schedule daily work on it. What do you want to do that you need to make time for?
You are the artist
You are the sculptor of your day, of your life, of your experience. Take time to vision your big picture. Examine every choice to see if it takes you toward your vision. Keep moving toward your goal. You’re the boss of your life and its outcome. Make conscious choices that take you where you want to go.
© 2010 Cara Lumen
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