In the drive to get everything done and be all that we can be, we exhaust ourselves.
Get the kids up and out the door to school, exercise, eat right, get to work on time (even if it’s just walking to your home office!), keep your professional skills honed and up-to-date, learn something new, be creative in every way Pinterest tells us we need to be… and then to top it all off, we feel guilty when we let one of the thousand balls we juggle daily fall to the ground.
I don’t know about you but when I see my own to-do-list and the expectations I put on myself, well I feel *exhaustified just thinking about it. (*Here I thought I was being cute and clever with this word – guess not! I just found it in the Urban dictionary!)
Learning to slow down and just breathe takes effort and intention. We are so in the habit of cramming as much as we can into our day that we do not create times for ourselves. By going faster and faster and not coming up for air we push ourselves toward burnout.
In my last guest post over at ShalomMama.com I challenged you (and me) to start small, and just breathe, breathe deep.
Today’s challenge is to start creating small moments.
What is a small moment?
A small moment is a 5-15 minute block of time where you look at something beautiful, read something inspiring or create something soul-filling.
Working from home I find it incredibly hard to separate my work life from my home life. There are days that the work never ends. From the moment I wake up I’m thinking about what needs to be done, what will I blog about next, what client work do I need to tackle, and when is my next newsletter due?? Next it is on to the producing part of my day and then to wrap it all up, end the day thinking about tomorrow and starting all over again.
I know there is a better way, I see it in the lives of other business owners and I get frustrated with myself when I see that I am only feeding my workaholic tendencies. I know better than that, I really do but I get wrapped up in going, going, going, and getting things done and checked of my list that I find it hard to stop. It is an addicting but exhausting way to live.
Find your spot
One thing that has helped me recently is finally getting my favorite rocking chair out of my storage unit and finding a place for it in my office. Why didn’t I do this earlier??? Sitting in my chair I instantly relax and my perspective changes. Where you do what you do matters! It really and truly does.
For you it might be the kitchen table before the family gets up, a sunny spot on your deck, a comfy chair in your office, a favorite coffee shop, a walk in the park, or a nice hot soak in the tub. Your spot will be different from mine. To get the most out of this time pick a spot that is comfortable with few, if any, distractions.
What to do?
For me it is puling out my take-a-break kit or knitting a few rows while listening to beautiful music, or reading one of my favorite magazines, Artful Blogging, drawing, doodling, or writing by hand.
- Just as small daily habits and decisions help you move toward a goal, small moments build and accumulate over time and can have a huge impact on your life.
- Small moments SHOULD NOT be something you dread
- Small moments SHOULD NOT make you feel guilty
- These moments are are just for you and are a small enough chunk of time that you can fit it into your schedule several times a week, if not daily.
Small moments of time can be moments of beauty, creativity and rejuvenation, if you let them.
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her buddy Bailey. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books including her newest, “Choosing Gratitude: A Daily Quiet Time Journal”.