“Reclaiming my time.” I love that! But, where did that saying come from? Turns out it was from U.S. Congresswoman, Maxine Waters.
“Mr. Chairman, I thought when you read the rules, you acknowledged that I shouldn’t be interrupted and that I would have —” a man says to committee chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling. “Reclaiming my time,” Waters interrupts. “What he failed to tell you was, when you are on my time, I can reclaim it.”
All I can say is “Preach, girl!!” I mean I’m all about reclaiming my time. So much so I decided to start my journey on doing just that. Women (and men too, don’t think I’m leaving you out guys!!) do so much, from mothering, to working in and out the home, to managing everyone’s lives! We really need to know how to and when to reclaim our time. You cannot pour from an empty cup. With this fresh new year we’ve got, it’s a great idea to take a look inside your day to day life to see how you too can reclaim some of your lost time!
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When you’re able to regain some of that lost precious time, you’re able to feel more like yourself as well as have more time to do the things that you love! Here are 3 quick, and easy ideas that I’m going to utilize in order to “reclaim my time” and how I use my bujo to achieve them:
I’m going to focus on being thankful for what I already have. I can’t expect to live my life fully if I’m constantly complaining about what I don’t have. So instead of wasting my time focusing on what I don’t have I’m going to reclaim my time and use it to be more thankful.
I’ve found that having a “gratitude tracker” spread in my bujo is a great way for me to center myself and be more thankful for the wonderful things I already have in my life. I take some time each night to jot down some things I’m grateful for. This can be as simple as “I’m grateful for my warm boots on this arctic-feeling day” or more heartfelt and meaningful like “I love how I got to spend some extra time with my family today. We took the time to test out a new cookie recipe today and the kids did a great job helping!”
Not only does having this tracker help me to end my day on a positive note, but it also acts as a great reminder for me if I’m having a downer kind of day. I just pop my bujo open to the gratitude page and read through all the amazing things I have in my life. It’s an instant mood changer!
I’m going to reduce how much time I’m going to spend on cleaning. There is nothing I hate more than coming home after a long day and realizing that I still have a ton of time ahead of me cleaning the mess I put off cleaning yesterday (…maybe because I decided to binge on my flavor-of-the-week Netfix obsession? That’s a whole other story..).Instead of letting my cleaning pile up, I’m starting to use my bujo to help me organize my time and schedule to be as efficient as I possible can. I’m jumpstarting my organization and cleaning by using the KonMari method (not sure what that is? Check out this post!!).
I’m also trying to live by the 2-minute rule: If it would only take me two minutes to do right now, I don’t put it off. Those dishes in the drying rack? Put them away. That load of laundry that’s folded but needs to be put away? Do it! By doing these simple cleaning and organizing tasks, I can prevent losing a whole morning to completing these tasks once they pile up and I finally can’t stand looking at them anymore.
Now you’re probably saying…”yes, this is all well and good, but how does this relate to your bullet journal?!” My answer? Trackers, trackers, and more trackers! If you can come up with a game plan for how and when you’re going to tackle your tedious chores, you’re much more likely to follow through with it. Who doesn’t love finishing out a month and seeing a beautifully filled in tracker? I know I do. If you’re looking for a great way to kick-start your cleaning routine, check out this post on creating cleaning routine you can actually stick to!
Plan For My Ideal Day
I’m going to reclaim my time by learning what my ideal day would be. What does it look like and what steps can take to implement it? If starting your day with a steaming cup of coffee and the daily newspaper is a priority to you, make the time. If tricking your body into a few extra minutes of sleep by hitting the snooze button two (… or three) times, plan for it!I know that I am a creature of habit. I thrive on patterns and routines. Lately, I’ve been feeling that I’ve been losing myself in the hustle and bustle of daily life. So, I jumped into my faithful bujo for support. I knew that I wasn’t making time for the things that made me feel most like myself (for example: reading a girly novel every week or two). So, in order to reclaim some of that time I spent losing sight of my true self, I sat down and scheduled out my “ideal day”.
You’d be amazed how much extra time you can find in your day if you take a good hard look at your scheduling and priorities. I’m not saying that you have to live out a regimented day and beat yourself up if you don’t stick to the plan, but making a true, honest list of what makes you happy in a day can truly help to get back to feeling like your best self.
I don’t want to waste 2018 away repeating the same unhealthy habits that I found myself falling towards in 2017. I was wasting my time and putting too much energy into things that weren’t going to help me vibrate higher. This is the year for reclaiming MY time, it’s the year of ME! So, tell me, how you plan to reclaim your time to make 2018 the year of YOU?