There is nothing worse than waking up and immediately feeling the stress of the day creeping into your mind. As I was driving to work this morning running all 5,000 things I had to get done today through my head, one of my favorite songs came on the radio and gave me some inspiration.
“Got no time is what you’re known to say, I’ll make you wish there were 48 hours to each day” ~ Chaka Khan “Tell Me Something Good”
This prompted me to start thinking about a few things. Most of the times I have said the phrase “I wish there were more hours in the day”, I recall wanting them to finish more work. But in the context the words were uttered in this particular song, I went the other direction. If I had twice the time, I certainly wouldn’t double my workload. Sure, maybe working a double on day to free up another one would be smart, and allow me to sleep in. But in general, if I had twice the time in a day, I would probably do one or more of the following things:
+start drinking coffee again
+run at lunch, while it’s light out
+paint every night
+read for an hour before bed instead of watching more SVU
+cook from scratch all the time
+take little trips on the weekend to take more photos and write travel stories
Having more time, for me, means taking the time to take care of myself. Most of the time, I sacrifice my personal needs in order to get more work done. This has not worked in my favor. I have gotten sick 3 times in the past 2 months, have felt worn out, run down and uninspired for weeks at a time. If I had more time in the day to do the other things I love like be with people I care about, fulfill my creative desires, stimulate my mind and enjoy the daylight, I would do it all. But there are only 24 hours in each day, and how we spend those hours has a very significant impact on who we are. Are we workaholics? Perfectionists? Over-achievers? Or are we artists? Leisure junkies? World travelers?
What if there were 48 hours in each day? Who would you spend them with? What would you do? Would you use your time efficiently or let your mind wander into places you never had time to before?