Hours of the Day

Looking at how Salty works and does her homework, I always wonder “How does she have time to do all of this every week?” I always imagine that there are always less hours in a day than there are things to do, but Salty always manages to make the impossible possible.

As I started up the computer and sat down to write this, Salty was in the kitchen planning out her week. There were a lot of “ho’s” and “hums” but at the end of the hour, she exclaimed “I think I’ve figured it out!” and told me what her week would look like. I didn’t understand completely what had happened in the hour that she spent looking at her homework schedule for the week, but as she explained what she needed to do to catch up on her classes, I started to envision what it was like to plan.

I’ve never really set strong goals for myself. It has always been a foreign concept and at times I feel like I’ve held it in my hands for a fleeting moment, but then it escapes and I’m left with the here and now. People always say “Oh, they have to be S.M.A.R.T. goals!” but I guess I haven’t been smart enough to understand that. Today something clicked in my brain and I’m starting to figure it out, but for now it’s only an inkling of understanding.

Goals take time to plan out. They will take a few hours out of your week to sort out and solidify. I have always been under the impression that time used fabricating imaginary goals is time wasted, but maybe it’s just because I’ve never given myself the chance to actually carry out the plans. I can plan and plan and plan, but in the end I forget to get the ball rolling and let the ideas stay in my head instead of taking action on them. Salty, on the other hand, is good at executing the plans that she creates so the time she uses to write out her goals is never wasted. In fact, I would venture to say that she is one of the best planners that I have ever seen.

Time used making plans is never wasted unless you don’t take action on them. I want to take action on my plans, but motivation also takes time to build up and it is always easy to take the easy way out. I am going to try planning this week to see how things work out. I want to follow the steps that I lay out, and I want to report back on it at the end. At the moment I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to decide what I’m going to do for the week, but maybe that’s because I forget to set time aside to plan. I forget to plan to plan.

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