It's About Time: Enjoy Yours

stumpin by legin on flickrAn IBM ad once showed an employee in his office leaning back in his chair, with his head back in his hands and his feet on his desk.

The caption said something like, “Don’t disturb our engineers, they’re working.”

Too often we equate working with physical movement and busyness and discount time spent quietly reflecting or thinking.

Our best ideas often come in times of quiet, times that may look to an outsider as wasted time. The human mind craves time off to massage all our mental rumblings so that wonderful creations can emerge.

As a matter of fact, most advice on how to be happy suggests meditation, prayer or time spent in silence.

Our inner critic keeps loud constant chatter as it weaves its way through the 65,000 thoughts we have each day.

Our intuition, on the other hand, is a kinder gentler voice that we can only hear when we get still and quiet the inner critic.

Take time off to do nothing, to lean back, to reflect. Give your great ideas a chance to float up to your conscious.

You’ll be rejuvenated and better ready to tackle what lies ahead of you.

“Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real. “ Sara Paddison

Give Me Some Seamless Days


My friend, Linda, says that I invented the term, “seamless days.” I’m not sure about that but I do know that somewhere along the way I discovered that I needed them in order to get big projects done.

A lot of people praise multitasking, while some time management practitioners say it’s not humanly possible to do more than one thing at a time. Regardless of who is right, I seem to get major projects done best when I can work continuously without outside interruptions and the tyranny of the clock. I call these my seamless days, and they are the times when I believe I can accomplish my best writing, thinking, and planning.

Seamless days are a series of two to three days when I don’t have appointments and can stay home working on important projects. I don’t work nonstop, of course. My seamless days are punctuated with snack breaks, sometimes even a short walk out of doors. What is most distinctive about them, however, is that I don’t have outside appointments, guests or disruptive thoughts. I screen my phone calls and don’t turn on the TV. Without the distraction of the media, telephone and other time thieves, I can get absorbed so deeply in a project that hours literally go by before I realize. The result is that I get big chunks of work done.

Occasionally during a break from work during my seamless days I’ll daydream. I’ll just lean back in my easy chair and begin to think about whatever. Scenes from my childhood or episodes of raising my children flash by. Sometimes I recall how a specific moment felt, like waking up to the sunrise over Puget Sound in Bainbridge Island where the large bedroom windows gave me a full view.

Other times I imagine what it’ll be like to hold my next grandchild, whenever one of my children decides to take this step. Once in a while I’ll get spot a bird perched on a tree branch outside my window or a lizard doing pushups on my patio.

When I was still teaching full time, running a side business and managing my family I would long for seamless days. When the need became urgent, I would pull out my month at a glance calendar, check for three consecutive days without appointments and make a plan to stay put for that time frame. Sometimes I would have to reschedule an appointment to make this happen, so I would.

I urge you to occasionally make space in your life for some seamless days. You can use them for major projects or to get away from your normal activities.

You’ll return to your routine rejuvenated, able to stave off stress and more likely to keep a positive mood.

Open your calendar now and schedule your seamless days. You’ll be glad you did.