I am. Times 10.
Every week, one of my favorite things TO-DO is create my TO-DO list.
I write down (old school!) each task — big and small — that I’d like to take care of in the coming days.
When I finally get to X off an item, I feel so accomplished.
Productivity is in my nature.
When there’s a space of time I’m always trying to use it well — do one of my TO-DOs.
So it was quite timely when I went to listen to a podcast that addressed the adversarial relationship many of us have with time.
The pressure TO-DO — to be busy — is a symptom of getting caught up in there’s not enough time.
Boy, do I know this one.
From the hurry-up-and-get-out-the-door-so-you’re-not-late-for-school to the hurry-up-and-brush-your-teeth-so-you-can-go-to-bed, not to mention the incessant nagging I feel TO-DO more, or it won’t get done. I’m constantly racing the clock, aware of the tick-tock that’s in front of me.
Then something strange happened.
I mixed up the time for my yoga class, and arrived 45 minutes early. The lady at the front desk said,
You’ve got some time.
It was kind of shocking to hear, actually.
I had already meditated that morning. I was about to practice yoga. What would I do with that extra time?
My first thought, I wish I had my laptop, which is my customary way to fill time. (And the reason I carry it around with me most of the time.)
I decided to hang out in the studio, and see what transpired.
As other early birds arrived for class, I noticed they immediately started doing something — stretching, setting up their props, looking on their phones. I ended up playing around on my phone’s self-timer. (Forty-five minutes was a long time for me to just be—I’m taking small steps.)
It’s rare (especially in NYC) to see someone just be with their time. (And when I do see this…I wonder — what is s/he doing?)
With the holiday kicking off a seasonal frenzy, it could be good timing to try timeless presence– just be with the time; let that fill the space. It’s a little like listening to hear what’s being offered except when you’re open, you’ll get your answer in all five senses.
Here’s a nice meditation to help practice.
What do you do when you realize you’ve got extra time?