I’ve stumbled across the most fascinating book: Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life by Marney K. Makridakis.
Usually I don’t buy books without recommendations, but this one grabbed me as soon as I read the title. Create time? Yes, please! Even if the book could fulfill only 1 percent of its promise, it would be well worth its price.
Creating Time encouraged me to explore my main beliefs about time and how they may or may not serve me. After each chapter, there is an art project to help reflect on the concepts of that chapter and absorb what I’ve learned on a deeper level.
I’ve been reading and creating and following the concepts in this book for over a month now (I’m 2/3 through the book) and I can see my perception of time changing. As some of my beliefs started shifting, so has the way I use and treat time
More and more in the passing weeks I’ve caught myself thinking,”I’m having the time of my life”. Now that ‘s a new way to use the word ‘time’ in a sentence! Compare it to “There is never enough time”, “If only I could have more time” and “Time is flying past and I have nothing to show for it”… (Ok, it might not be just the book that inspired the change, but also the fact that most of the time I am morning sickness free.)
I will just share one key concepts that has made a huge difference to my days.
Creativity doesn’t care if we have 5 minutes for it or 5 hours… it’s all our perception that we have no time to get in the flow and create something. Soon I had the chance to test this idea. It was late at night, I was tired, but not ready to go to bed yet, and I thought,”Ok, I have about half an hour before I need to go to sleep. I can start writing and see where it takes me, or I can spend it on social media and browsing the net, and having a look at what other people say.” Usually, in a similar situation I’d choose the latter, just because it’s easier. This time I chose to write. By the end of the 30 minutes I had a perfectly good blog post ready to go, with only images left to add. Just when I though I didn’t have any creativity left in me for the night, all I had to do was give it a go!
I’ve been doing a lot more using whatever time I have instead of waiting for that big chunk of time to happen and… things are getting done and I am feeling a more relaxed as a result.
Next I’ll be tackling the challenge of including some unplanned time into my day… I’ll let you know if it makes any difference.