Time for me

Our challenge in Week 17 was to steal back some time during my day to rest and reflect.

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This week's experiment was a great reminder of how much my life has changed this year. If you had asked me a year ago to steal time for me I would have told you I was far too busy - and I would have believed it! With the Great Wake Up as a coach, nudging me towards change, my life has changed almost beyond recognition and I steal time regularly.

My favourite version of this is my walks. I've not learned to quiet my mind when I'm sitting still, but the gentle rhythm of walking along the river releases my mind in a way I could never have imagined, and I miss my walks terribly when circumstances (and it takes a lot!) keep me from them.

I did also try some proper time-stealing in the spirit of the week, on top of my regular interludes. Friday night I bowed out of a networking event and relaxed after what had unexpectedly been a very stressful week. Listening to my body felt right, and left me refreshed for a busy weekend. Saturday morning I woke up up early and walked to the next town where I had an art workshop - that whole day felt like stolen time to me! Monday was my biggest success, though. I told a client that I had to finish early for the day so that I could make it to my yoga class. That might not sound like much, but putting myself before my work was a huge step into the unknown for me.

In some ways, I think every week of the Great Experiment has been about stealing time for myself, and it's a habit I'm planning to keep.


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Go to the profile of Jacqui
over 5 years ago
I know what you mean about walking outside. The worst thing for me about full time work is not being able to get outside when I want!
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
over 5 years ago
I think its fantastic that you are looking after yourself in this way. Well done you. Being part of this challenge has definitely helped us all implement some changes for the better.
Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Jacqui, so with you there - I remember that stuck feeling! Fi, thank you! It is amazing how the little nudge re-shape life! Kind of like playing "rivers" on the beach :-)
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
I sympathise with putting work before yourself, so super impressed you made that leap. C xx