Monday, June 29, 2015

We Get An Extra Second

Did you know?

Tomorrow there will be a "leap second"! Meaning there will be a minute (at 8pm EST) that will actually have 61 SECONDS! Apparently this is due to the slowing of the Earth's rotation and keeping our calendars correct (or some scientific stuff like that). I had no idea until I came across an article about it for my job. (And I hear it actually occurs every couple years... EX-SQUEEZE ME?! How have I never heard of this before?!)

Sure, sure, one extra second may not be a big deal (which is probably why I hadn't heard about it in my daily life), but it got my wheels turning.

What if, instead of an extra second, we got an extra hour? How would you use an extra hour?

Would you hug your kids for those 60 minutes? Maybe you'd go for an extra long run. Would you sleep (I mean, honestly, who can say they get "enough" sleep these days?!)? How about taking that photography class you have been wanting to do? Or maybe you'd get all of those tasks that have been on your to-do list but you have been 'too busy' to accomplish crossed off. Would you lay on the beach? Maybe you'd take your pup for a hike in the woods. How about a relaxing massage or facial?

Then I got to thinking... WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THEN TO DO THESE THINGS?! I know, sometimes there are financial constraints, time restraints, etc, but if we really think about it, if something is important to us WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN, otherwise, we will make excuses.

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Shoot, if you were to "bank" 10 minutes a day, by the end of the week you'd have that extra hour. Maybe you could go to sleep 10 minutes earlier or check social media 10 minutes less (obviously this blog is not a waste of time, so keep checking it ;)) or multi-task a little more or watch a little less of TV/ Netflix.

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I was chatting with a friend before the hubby and I went on vacation last week (mostly about cleaning and chores I "had" to do) and said something along the lines of, "I have a ton to get done before we leave. But honestly, if it doesn't get done, either it didn't need to be done or it can wait until we get back."

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Let me be honest, this is normally NOT the attitude I have. Like I have said MANY times, I am a list maker and I NEED to cross things off said list. But I am coming to a point in my life where I am realizing I need to put things on my list that I WANT to do too! And maybe a little re-prioritizing is needed.

Make time for things that REALLY matter to you. I don't want to hear (or use) the excuse "I'm too busy", okay?! Let's make it happen!

What could you do to save 10 minutes a day? And what would you do with that extra hour every week?

1 comment:

Jen Rawson said...

Great perspective Carlee. I think it's easy to say we're too busy. Everyone's too busy but we also waste a lot of time that we could spend on things we want to do instead.