Daily Iron 5- Time management and why you should make time to do nothing

Time management is something that every person struggles to be better at in their daily lives. It doesn't matter if you are the world's most organized person because there is a part of you that feels like you're never getting anything done. This feeling builds to the point that you feel like you should always be working.

This feeling is wrong.

Taking time to do something for yourself is essential because if you do not fit in something you like to do that is a complete waste of time then why are we on this planet? If every waking moment is taken up by some task, some automated event you attend half-aware, then the life you are living is one made up with satisfying other people; this can include yourself and allow me to elaborate.

If you're anything like me, which please don't be, then you have two parts of your brain that are constantly fighting. You have the one element that is telling you to work continuously. You have the other that says to chill out. The working one is usually the one that is beating the chilled out one senseless, so when you are taking time for yourself, you feel guilty for doing it. To satisfy that dickish side of your brain, you make what it is you are doing something that is building toward some arbitrary goal.

This is wrong. Stop it now. If you do not stop, you will drive the joy out of almost anything you once found enjoyable. Tying back to my previous blog on unplugging, I've found myself thinking:

  • "Oh, if I play that game I can stream it" or
  • "If I doing this thing I can do a blog about it" or
  • "If I move this dryer people can watch me do it and laugh."

In a world where time management tools are everywhere every single one of us should schedule a two hour block for a meeting with ourselves every day. This is a meeting you cannot skip or even try to move around in your day (barring you getting some awesome tickets or something awesome like meeting Elvis then you could bump the meeting or make it a part of it. Dead Elvis is pretty chill I hear). During this meeting, we are doing something we like to do for the sake of it. It can involve other people like a loved one or friends, but it must be something you enjoy doing for yourself.

Making time for yourself is non-negotiable, and I am trying to work on it just as much as you should. The only reason I am writing about this is that I've been thinking about it a lot and I figured others should probably take a second and do nothing for themselves.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a dryer to move that no one will watch or see or laugh at in real time.