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Time Management

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Well, it’s been over a week since my last blog post. Not bad by my standards…

I bared my soul on the last post, and I was hesitant to write again. What could I possibly say?

But then it occurred to me.

Time Management.

I am a wife, mother, dog-lover, author, analyst, publisher, editor, and now beauty consultant. I am also learning to drive, taking classes, hosting parties, managing websites, blogging more (or trying to), working out, and finding time for old hobbies like reading (for fun, not work).

When I took on this new business endeavour (becoming a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant), the first thing my husband asked was: What will you give up in order to make the time?

My answer was simple: Nothing.

Why should I give up anything? I want to be the woman who does it all, quite simply because I can.

When people ask me how I do it, I usually say, “I don’t sleep.”

But the truth is:

Time Management.

I’ll just keep bolding that. It deserves to be right on out there multiple times over. Truthfully, it’s more than time management, it’s multitasking. I don’t rest. When I have a free moment, I fill it with something. While my kids are eating dinner, I am cooking for my husband (he comes home later, so I cook for him separately). While I’m eating my lunch, I’m reading or writing. To quote one of my favourite movies (bonus points for anyone who guesses it): There are 24 useable hours in every day.

I’ve done this for so long now that it’s second nature.

The other day, I had an epiphany. Why do I need to fill free moments? Why can’t I just live them?

Here’s how it happened. I was doing a driving lesson, and while waiting for my instructor to set up pylons, I had a moment to spare. There I was, sitting in a parked car with the engine off. Alone and silent. This would be an excellent time to check my email or my text messages even, but I purposely left my cell phone at home.

All I could do was wait.

In the five minutes, I tapped the wheel, fiddled my thumbs, and hummed a little. I felt antsy. It felt like I was wasting time. To calm myself, I closed my eyes and focused on sounds. I heard birds chirping, wind blowing against the car, and the sound of traffic faintly in the distance… and then nothing.

Silence. My thoughts stopped, my breaths were there but silent, chaos ended. For one brief moment, I had peace and zen.

It was glorious.

In order to be successful in all the things I do, I need to manage my time wisely. Yes, there are 24 useable hours in every day, but I can make time for five minutes of peaceful silence… and so should you.

Try it. See if it doesn’t make the rest of your day more enjoyable!

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11 Comments

  1. Danny Brown Danny Brown

    Another great and enjoyable introspective post, Jaclyn – you seem to be on a roll here!
    It’s funny, I wrote a post this week about looking at the world around us, and just enjoying the moment. This goes that little bit further, and asks us to look both at, and inside, ourselves, and enjoy that moment as much as others. Which is a key part in us becoming better people, and more involved with others.
    After all, if we can be comfortable in our own skin, it’s not that much of a leap to be comfortable around others too.
    Great weekend read, thank you!

    • ah yes, being comfortable in your own skin is a huge, huge feat. – perhaps a future blog post, indeed 🙂

  2. Sophia Burkitt Sophia Burkitt

    Thank you for the reminder. I think many of us try to find that balance to ‘work and play’ but in the end 24 hours in a day is never enough…or in my case (like so many others) I forget there is only so many hours in a day and I pile on too much.
    I have to be honest though….I do treat myself to a spa day once a month so I guess I can categorize that time as my “peaceful silence”.
    Lovely read before the start of a new week – thank you.

    • thanks Sophia! i try to treat myself to manicures and/or pedicures every 2-3 weeks – but you know, sometimes just a nice hot bath is enough.

  3. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury

    🙂 Corey Mason in Empire Records.
    I’ve been through much the same thing. My husband loves to ask me what gets kicked out to make place for the new activity. Ah well – I’ve figured out ways to just be happy AND check off plenty of things on my to-do list, which, on most days becomes the “ta-da!” list! I have stopped stressing over what doesn’t get done. The power of prioritization helps me most days.
    Have a wonderful week ahead, Jaclyn!

    • Bonus Points!!!! Thanks, Vidya, you too! 🙂 – oh and brilliant concept of not stressing over what doesn’t get done, and instead taking pride in what does get done. More power to you!

  4. Laurie Dillon-Schalk Laurie Dillon-Schalk

    Ah.. a lovely message Jaclyn. The moment I read about your silent 5 minutes – I paused and closed my eyes. Listening to my dishwasher – turning which is really quite lovely because you can hear the water moving and trickling and swishing around. Then it paused and I had hoped I had reached zen but then it started again. A good idea!

    • Danny Brown Danny Brown

      I will quite happily send our dishes your way – consider it my contribution to your Zen-ness! 😉

    • LOL! Laurie, I too am listening to the dishwasher. That moment it stops, I don’t think zen, I think ‘is it time to unload?’ or ‘did it break?’ – but then it starts again lol

  5. Yes! Both to the filling each moment with something to maximize my time and the trillions of things I want to accomplish and enjoy, and to the reminder to take a moment. It’s easy to miss the little things (which are often not as little once you see them) when you run such a busy schedule.

    Thank you for the reminder!

    • Thanks, Hannah! It’s true, once you learn to appreciate the moment, you’ll find so many more moments that may otherwise have been overlooked

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