Throw Me a Lifeline

April 19th, 2010

When I looked at the calendar on my iPhone  for the coming week and saw dots on every single date, I felt hopelessly inundated with busyness. Sometimes I dread checking it or getting a reminder to pick up cleaning or an alert that I have an appointment to get my teeth cleaned. I know, of course, that things like doctor visits, workouts, haircuts, new license plates or working on taxes can’t be avoided, but nowhere this month was an hour marked “take a vacation day and sit on the beach,” “work on journal,” or “reread Page After Page,” something I’ve been meaning to do for awhile. And it’s not just this month — my calendar is pretty much like that all the time. Lots of time alloted for dry cleaning and dentists, none for dreaming. That gets crammed into the free time I have after work. Or it doesn’t get done at all, because I say to myself that it’s too late at night to start that project — I’ll do it tomorrow.  I’ll be creative tomorrow, I’ll sign up for an art class tomorrow, I’ll start an essay tomorrow. I don’t have a solution to this, but it’s been on my mind more and more lately. So today, I’ll do one thing: I’m going to reread all the parts I flagged in Page After Page the first time I read it, and when I’m done, I’ll make an appointment with myself to take a walk tomorrow and schedule it on my iPhone. One little dot to stand for pure pleasure.

3 Responses to “Throw Me a Lifeline”

  1. Jen says:

    What a nice idea: One dot to stand for pleasure! I love it! And i could use one dot right now too. My husband broke his leg last week and while waiting to have surgery (to put lots of metal inside to keep it together) I’ve recently lost all personal time to nursing.

    My husbands accident has one other seemingly apparent downside: doctors office waiting rooms. I’ve been spending lots of time in them, often mentally running through the list of ‘things to get DONE’. Maybe I should be looking at the waiting room as a gift? My own little red-dot for the near future! I think I’ll be enjoying that time more after this reminder. Thanks!

  2. amy says:

    I’ve been reading Page After Page too. It’s fantastic.

    It can feel horrible to be so busy. I hope it gets easier.

  3. natalie says:

    I totally know what you are saying! After work, there is so little time to do those things that are just for you.
    I think I’ve decided to use a couple of vacation days here and there to do my creative things. Hopefully, I will actually schedule them.
    Here’s to time for us! Cheers.

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