People are always asking me about time: Where do you find the time? How do you manage time/ Don’t you get freaked out by time passing? etc etc
Here’s the thing: time management is a missnomer…a lie…no one manages TIME! Time just is. It’s like money, only real and valuable by agreement. It might be a dimension but we all get the same days, hours and minutes. How many is a question mark. So no one actually manages time~we manage ourselves in time. Once you really get that you have got the keys to the kingdom.
I do alot of time blocking…essentially I plan my work and work my plan like a samuri. Every minute of planning saves me 10 minutes in execution, so says te research. I plan for about 2 hrs a week. I block out large periods of uninterruptible time for rest, unplugging and writing or thinking. I treat TV like candy: a treat not to be over indulged in. I manage myself in time to be where I said, to do what I said more often than not.
Basically I don’t worry about time I worry about me. My mindset, my pace, my energy, how long does it take me to do things now that I’m slowing down…do I need assistance? I also manage the conversations I’m in. Language gives life to our world and creates EVERYTHING. It’s mighty and magical. I manage the conversations I have with myself AND those I have with others. All my results and what I produce are a function of me managing my conversations OVER TIME. When I screw up or drop conversations out (with myself and others)~there are no results.
Given my experience of my ALS symptoms I am an impatient woman. NOTHING moves fast enough for me! Instantaneous is slow to me. I have a lot I want to accomplish before I exit stage right! and I’ll probably die trying to get it all out there. So I need every edge I can get. My plan gives me that edge. It helps me not worry about time and it’s inexorable pace, and to remain positively focused on my pace, my mental and emotional space, and managing the whole of myself in TIME. That’s why I called this process the Master Plan. It allows me to ongoingly generate myself as an empowered patient in the face of no treatment, shoddy care, no cure, fatigue, further diminishing capacities…one of my empowering conversations I have with myself is KISS MY ASS IT’S GOING MY WAY! And that includes my view of time.