As a mom, it’s easy to let time get away from me. I once read a quote that really resounded with me:
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” H. Jackson Brown
All these amazing, successful people were able to accomplish incredible feats within the same 24 hour days that sometimes left my head spinning (and I hadn’t even gotten out of my pajamas yet!).
I’m not going to lie, this blog consumes a TON of my time. I enjoy it immensely, but it’s also incredibly easy to get sucked in and realize that I have done nothing other then change diapers, feed children and blog all day long. While I don’t dislike any of those duties, it doesn’t make me a very well rounded person.
Time To Make Time For Me!
Recently I made the decision that I needed to pick back up some of the hobbies that make me, ME.
My first thought was that I simply didn’t have the time. I’m trying to build up a business here, good business people don’t take time to read! Unless it’s, you know, educational or at least in some way relevant to my work.
I also knew that I couldn’t take time away from my children to pursue my hobbies. As a working mom, even a stay at home working mom, my time with them is precious and far to valuable to push aside.
That meant I needed to deplete the time from my work. When I looked over my duties and my schedule, I realized a lot of my time was spent doing things that weren’t really making a huge impact. I focused on Twitter entirely too much, despite it really not doing much for me in the way of traffic. I constantly brainstormed new and exciting ways to engage my readers, while ignoring the things they already seemed to enjoy and come back for.
Finally I sat down with an editorial calendar and decided that I needed to get more organized so I could make better use of my time. It is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself, and I’ve noticed my readers seem to enjoy the predictability of my new, streamlined posting schedule.
In addition, now that I’m indulging in my hobbies, I find that I’m becoming a more creative blogger. A more exciting mother, and even a better wife (Speaking of, I’m brainstorming a really exciting present for him for his upcoming 30th birthday. I’d love any ideas of potential Gifts for him as long as it’s not a Hot Air Balloon Melbourne excursion LOL) ! Taking this time for myself to do the things I love makes me a better person. I still have exactly the same number of hours in every single day. I’m just filling them with more meaningful things and I’m organizing my time better.
Here are some of MY hobbies:
What are some of your hobbies? Have you let things go and let other “important” things take their place? I encourage you to pick up an old hobby this week! You might think it will make you less productive, but I guarantee it will have the opposite effect!
Disclosure: My disclosure policy is in effect for this post.