"Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying 'I don't want to.'" - Lao Tzu
How To Make Time
Lately I've had several different friends say things like, "I don't know how you do it....Where do you find the time?...How do you manage your calendar?"
And let me just say, that I am by no means an expert in this area. I certainly have my days where I feel like I'm running around like a lunatic and get nothing accomplished. I think we all do. But, I will say that this deployment and being thrown into single mom life has forced me to get organized and laser focused with my time.
Up until recently I was working a full time job from home. That often meant getting up early to workout (or it wouldn't happen), rushing the kids to the bus, and dedicating the school day to my job. The evenings were then spent on freelance work. I was on the go constantly. Between work and the after school activities for the kids, sometimes I did wonder how I managed it all. I think it's part of how I cope - constantly having something to do. But the rest has to do with one thing - time blocking.
My full-time job taught me a lot about time blocking. Dedicating specific hours to specific tasks. Even though I'm not working there full time anymore, I continue to use that method. My Google calendar is color coded. There are my non-negotiable