The other day, I was waxing poetic to a friend about the joys of clearing out closets – here are some tips — and she sighed, “I know, my closets are a mess, and I’m dying to get them cleaned out. As soon as I have some free time, I’m going to get started.”
The fact is – she doesn’t have any free time.
I suffer from this illusion as much as anyone. I fantasize about the summer looming long and empty, with ample time for me to undertake all sorts of projects that I can’t do during “the year.” I think I’ll get a lot done at night after the girls go to bed. I imagine that as soon as I’m done with my book proposal/writing my book/proofing my book, I’ll have a glut of leisure.
But for a lot of people, including me, that kind of open time just isn’t going to present itself. I need to set priorities and make time for the things I want to do. These days, I often go to the extreme of making an entry in my calendar, like “Research Disneyworld” or “Organize coat closet.” Otherwise, I never find the time.
How about you? How do you make sure to find time to do the things that are important to you?
The days are long, but the years are short.