A number of my recent posts have been about managing time and using all those spare moments that make up the bulk of this Stay-At-Home-Mom’s day. Following this quest, the book I am currently reading is Laura Vanderkam’s ‘I Know How She Does It- How Successful Women Make the Most of their Time’.
I am only half way through the book, and already am delighted by the many inspiring but practical techniques to follow. One concept that stood out to me is mindfulness and measurement. Being conscious of your time and the need to log your activities makes one really mindful and cognizant of what we are doing. I know this by personal experience because I logged my time for a few weeks. Read more on that here. One of the best benefits of time logging was how involved and engaged I was. I actively tried to maximize my time, energy and tasks. This means batching tasks and mindful multi-tasking.
Also, from my recent Positivity Ratio tracking, I realized that planning my day and time with T to include a mix of routine and novelty keeps her and me both happy. Planning what I will do in spare moments, being prepared for all those spare moments keeps me away form distractions. After all, time is like salary. Like my father (an accountant) is fond of quoting:
It is not about how much you earn, but how much you save!
Or more appropriately:
It is not about how much time you have, but what and how we invest that time in!
I am hence trying to invest my time in high return activities:
- health : cooking, exercising, eating consciously
- career: studying, doing personal projects, working on my online biz presence
- reading: keeping books of all formats at hand, saving book lists and finding which are in my library.
I would also like to mention her how I tackle the books on my reading list:
- I maintain a list of books to read on my iPhone.
- Whenever free, I check if it is available in my library.
- If yes, I add the accession number.
- On my next visit, I know what aisle to head and grab the book.
- If not, I check if available on Hoopla Digital, the online platform. I access it via my library and borrow if available.
- If not, ask around: interlibrary loan, friends. Usually: works!
- If not, check a different book. 🙂
Being intentional helps me read the books I want to and not just any fluff. Plus, it keeps the preschooler form whining as I search for the books I need as opposed to carting her off to the kiddie section.Win-win!