I think mid-month here with our creativity theme in mental health, this quote sums it all up for us. How can we be creative in building the lives we want when a thousand other things are going on?
The answer is, we can’t! We all have the same 168 hours in a week, so we need to be creative in how we want to spend our time. So if you don’t really want to see your mother in law this weekend because you need to relax after a 60hr work week, say “no” politely and take that time you need to recharge!
In these days of constant bings and vibrations from smartphones, I challenge you to say “no” to something this week so you can give yourself that moment back. Be creative…turn all sound notifications off on your phone on your lunch break so you can actually eat. Or take off your smart swatch and leave it in the car while you head to the beach. Don’t go to 2 parties in one day, pick 1 (or none) so you can go do something you’ve been meaning to get to. *
*People who do challenges like this, particularly with their smartphone find themselves reaching for their phone even if all notifications are off, or they hear fantom vibrations. If this happens to you, reflect on how reactive you are and the affect this technology has on you.