Time to kill

I had a few minutes to kill this morning in between my daily chores. I had already checked email and refreshed my Facebook feed in that oh-my-goodness-someone-please-say-something sort of way. I didn’t want to waste the time, but what was I going to do? Then I noticed the book I have been reading sitting nearby. I picked it up, read a few pages, then got on with my day. 

So what? No big deal, right? Well, for me it is. I have been trying to read this book since September. I kept waiting for a suitable chunk of time to sit down with it, but such time never materializes. Like everyone else, I have eight zillion things to do in any given day. Reading always feels like a luxury I cannot afford, yet I know it is vital to my writing.

The obvious epiphany

I was congratulating myself on my time-crunch win today when I realized this is not the only time I do this. I do it with my writing all the time. I get ideas and jot down some notes. I pull out the laptop and set up a new post with an outline of what I want to say. I read through something in progress and make a few changes. A long time ago I decided that I cannot always wait for the perfect writing time. Of course I set aside some time to write each week that’s solely for writing so that I can focus, but a fair amount of my writing gets done around all of my other obligations.

I do this in other areas of my life as well. I empty a few dishes from the dishwasher while I brew a cup of coffee. I fold half a load of laundry while I’m waiting for my son to brush his teeth before bed. I chop up some dinner ingredients while my lunch cooks. Why I never thought to utilize this technique with my reading before today, I’ll never know.

Your mission this week, should you choose to accept it, is to find those little chunks of time you would otherwise waste and put them to good use. Think about those goals you have that for whatever reason don’t get top billing in your day. Maybe it’s writing or reading. Maybe it’s something else. It doesn’t really matter what it is, so long as it matters to you. Most of us probably have way more dreams in our heads than hours in our days, but each of us can make the most of what we have. 

How do you find the time to read and write? Join in the conversation in the comments!

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