Thrifty Time

The other day I wrote this post where Christine asked what I wish I had done while I was unemployed. We’re so careful with our money–we stretch it and hope that it goes far–and time is just as, if not more, valuable than our money. So we should spend it wisely also. In Time, anyone? So I decided to make a list of things I should’ve done when I had more time to spend for motivation to encorporate these things into my life now. And to inspire Christine, haha. Because time management is really just time budgeting anyway.

Read something interesting everyday.
Whether this is a book, an article, a blog, or a Bible passage–I want to read something that inspires me to think, touches my heart, or will spark conversation with others.

Practice an instrument.
I’ve been trying to teach myself guitar for years. I even took a semester long course once. Thanks to that class, I now know like, three chords. I want to know how to play guitar; I just don’t want to have to practice it. Similar to how I would like children one day, but really don’t want to birth them. OK, that isn’t the same…

Cook real food.
I do not like cooking. As much as I would love to be a domesticated house wife someday, cooking bores me. If I’m hungry, I’d much rather pour myself a bowl of cereal than wait for water to boil. So really, I’d actually rather live the life of a domesticated house cat than a wife. Cats have food just given to them. And they get to sleep all day. Anyway, as boring as I find cooking, I do think that it’s important, and I do think I should learn to get into the habit of going to the grocery store, buying foods, measuring out ingredients, following recipes, and using the stove for more than just making boxed macaroni and cheese.

Practice a different language.
I would love to be fluent in Italian. I also took a course in this, and since I already speak Spanish, learning Italian has been easier than I thought it would be. I do not, however, have any friends who speak Italian. At one point, this was the hindrance in my quest to becoming fluent. Today, however, they have apps for that, so I don’t need Italian-speaking friends. I can talk to my phone. So I need to do that more.

Go on day trips to new places.
Everything is so close together out here on the east coast. I can drive for an hour or so and be in a different state. (New Hampshire’s state motto is “Live free or die,” in case you’re interested in something like that, by the way). I wish I had gone to new places when I had the time to go. So now I have to make time for this on the weekends.

Take more pictures.
When I was doing my Photo A Day Challenge, I sometimes had to force myself to do something or go somewhere interesting so that I’d have something to photograph. If that wasn’t an option, I was forced to find something interesting in the mundaneness of that day. That happened more often than not, actually. But shouldn’t we always do that? Shouldn’t we always look for the beauty in the bland? The answer is yes and yes. So let’s all take more pictures.

Go to the gym.
Going to the gym is one of those things that just needs to be part of one’s routine; it has to be something that you just don’t skip, like drinking coffee for breakfast. You just don’t miss it. If you miss it, you’re cranky and then the rest of the day is shot, so you can also forget about finding beautiful things to photograph or having interesting conversations with others. Anyway, the point is, I don’t skip my morning coffee. And I need to go to the gym more. I need to pack my gym bag the night before so that when I’m running out of my apartment in the morning I can just grab it without thinking. Which brings me to my next item…

Wake up earlier.
I am not a morning person. I don’t want to talk to you in the morning. I don’t want you to talk to me in the morning. We really don’t even need to look at each other. I know you’re there. You know I’m there. We can talk after the coffeetime. I get up at the last possible moment, get dressed and ready to go, walk outside my apartment, cross the street to the bus stop–car you’re gonna stop for me whether you like it or not–and get into work. I don’t want it to be this way. When I imagine starting my day off right, I see myself sitting in my chair in the early morning, while the world is still quiet, with my tub reasonably-sized small cup of coffee, Moleskine, and Bible set out in front of me. I smile to myself as joy warms my heart, and I don’t even think about all the things I have to do later in the day. I just sit. And rest. And smile. And enjoy my coffee and the word. If I start getting up earlier, I’ll have all the more time in the day to do things. So I’d like to start waking up earlier.

And there we have it. Time Budgeting. Is there a Mint.com version for time anywhere out there?

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