One of the interesting concepts I learned from Laura Vanderkam’s books : 168 hours and I Know How She Does It is the concept of ‘time confetti’.
Coined by Brigid Schulte, author of ‘Overwhelmed: Work, Love, And Play When No One Has The Time’, she explains the idea of “time confetti” – a fragmentation that impacts our health, quality of life, productivity and creativity. This fragmentation amounts to “contaminated time” that prevents pure enjoyment, relaxation, focus, and mindfulness.
Interesting as it was, coupled with Laura Vanderkam’s excellent suggestion to keep a list of 100 dreams and activities to indulge in during our spare time, I am totally inspired to use all my spare Moments wisely. Considering that as a SAHM, my schedule revolves around ensuring other people’s schedules, it becomes even more important for me to keep energizing and progressive tasks at arms reach. Thus began the ‘Spare Moments’ posts: for accountability, commitment, encouragement and the clarity that comes from a written chronicle.
This week was full of spare Moments.
- The time at the car service station when T fell asleep and Hubs was on call. I made conversation with a fellow car owner and also read two chapter of ‘Business, Networking and Sex (not what you think)’
- A friend came over to play Lego with T (an earlier promise to T that was made good 🙂). So, I got half hour to read Gretchen Rubin’s ‘The Four Tendencies’.
- T caught a kind of stomach bug and was home with me for two whole days. While they were upsetting, it meant that I crooned a lot more than usual. So, my plans to practice singing got fulfilled.
- We are transitioning T to a separate bed. Hubs took charge of two days, meaning I got an hour’s worth of readibg done. I used this time by reading the Four Tendencies and a Harlequin Romance.
- Since, T was home and needed to be distracted from solid food, we did some great coloring, got some photos put up in her room, and enjoyed Lego building. We are in the process of making different castles from our imagination.
While these are not wonderful examples, I do feel ennerved that I spent the unexpected chunks of time on inspiring activities rather than wondering what to do or scrolling through social media.
Have you made a list of activities to do in spare time? Do you keep a 100 Dreams list? Have you read these books? Share your thoughts in the comments below.