Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dear Santa

What's on my list for Christmas? To be more in control of time.

In a blog post last December, I published My (Grown-Up) Letter to Santa.  If I wrote to him again this year, most of what I said last year would still apply. But now, I think I would ask for one more thing. I would ask for the power to be more in control of time

Santa and list and clock

Speed up or slow down

Sometimes, like while waiting for family members to arrive for the holidays, we want time to speed up. Other times, like during the limited days when guests are visiting, we want it to slow down.

More time

Sometimes we just want more moments in our day - so we can get more done. Actually, I could be content without a longer day if I could just become more productive in the hours that I have.

Past and future

Time travel has its appeal as well - wouldn't it be nice to be able to just take a quick trip back in time to remember an event we can't seem to recall?  Or, perhaps travel to the future and catch a glimpse of what consequences there might be for actions we are considering taking now.

Plan better

How many times have you been late getting somewhere, or arrived too early and wasted precious moments that could have been spent doing other things? I'd love to always just get my arrival time exactly right!

Time management

This blog is all about making the most of all of our moments. We can't really acquire more moments than the ones we already have - but we can figure out the best way to make the most of them. Time management skills are valuable to learn, and it is important to prioritize all of the things that demand our attention.

There may be a decreased number of blog posts here the rest of this month.

December is a busy month for all of us. I've been keeping up with my usual publishing schedule so far, but other things are begging for my attention. Rather than risk just churning out quantity without quality, my posts may decrease in frequency for a bit. This is a gift I can give myself, to help me gain just a little bit more control of my time, and to ensure that I am not wasting yours! 

What things can you do to gain more control of time? 
Will you do them?

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13 comments :

  1. Hi Susan - just stopping by to wish you a very merry Christmas - if you're reducing your posting (and we're all counting down to the day) I thought I'd grab the chance to pass on my wishes for a great holiday time with the family xx

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    1. Thank you Leanne - and I hope you have a very wonderful holiday with your family as well! I am heading to your blog in just a little bit, as I've barely been on my computer this month, and I am looking forward to catching up on your posts that I have missed!

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  2. Time is more slippery (and tricky) than Houdini isn't it? I am learning (slowly) that no is a valid response.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. What perfect imagery - time and Houdini .... I believe you could create a wonderful cartoon about this! And yes, I am also learning to "just say no" - although it is a lesson I often forget. I hope your Christmas is wonderful too, EC

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  3. Once again, we wrote about similar things today! I wish I had more time before Christmas arrives!

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    1. I get such a chuckle about how we are so often on the same wavelength, Lana! Let's hope we both figure out a way to get everything done, and still manage to enjoy the holiday and get enough sleep ;)

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  4. What a timely post Susan!! I feel like there are not 24 hours in the day for me. There is so much to do with blogging, now you have to remember that I need to squeeze in some projects too. And then we also have to have a life. I'd be happy if there was a parallel me who could do all of my social media . That would be the best for me. I too am going to take a break for the Christmas holiday to rest and be ready to return with the new year all refreshed. I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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    1. You have voiced my own thoughts quite well, Mary. Social media is the blogging duty where I am most likely to fail. I have been writing but not even finding time to share any of my posts this week. Pathetic, I know .... That, and wanting to get caught up with the blogs I usually read, is the main reason I am posting less for a bit! I will be over to yours in a bit!
      I hope you enjoy your blogging break, and have a wonderful holiday as well!

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  5. "wasted precious moments"
    Moments are very short periods of time. Probably no more than five minutes.
    If you are concerned about wasting as little as five minutes, then perhaps you should think instead that this is five minutes to rest, to catch a breath, to contemplate. Surely you don't begrudge yourself a little down time? Apart from sleeping. Please tell me you don't fill every single waking moment with...whatever.

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  6. Oh to have more time. Even a weesy speck. Where does it all go? Golly. It's not as if I'm sleeping it all away. I'm awake - wide awake - at 03:00 with my mind abuzz about all the things I could be doing. Ugh. Well meaning folks suggest I write down all of my thoughts before I go to sleep. Can't imagine, though. I'd still be writing at 05:00. You?

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  7. An extra hour to get things done between the little guy's bedtime and mine would be nice. It isn't worth sacrificing the sleep to clean the house more often, but I would like to have it done! Have a merry Christmas!

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  8. I think that I could definitely be more productive with my time. I have a hard time focusing on one job lately, It's like I'm trying to do to many things at once and not accomplishing any of them well.

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  9. Wise words. Especially about having, needing, wanting more time. I hope in the coming year, I learn to manage my time better and I think I will discover that I have all the time I need.

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