Lately, we have been doing a lot of time or project management workshops for our clients. It seems that the constant demand for more has people scurrying to figure out how to stretch the unforgiving minute into more productivity. That’s not what this posting is about. Instead, I want to introduce the idea of sacred time.In the constant demand for pieces of you, for their need of a pound of time, you need some sacred moments, moments that are yours and yours alone.
I learned this years ago and created my sacred time, time that I revere, time that is critical to my success. It’s about time to rest, to focus on awareness. Mine happens on Sunday’s.
Sunday’s are my sacred days. It is the only day that I’m not up at 4:00 AM to attack the day. I sleep a little longer. I don’t train or follow the insanity of my workout schedule during this time that I hold precious. I share the morning with Laura in our ritual, fresh scones and coffee, the Sunday paper and a conservative news show followed by a liberal news show. I head down to the office for a couple of hours of quiet writing. We head out to the movies or maybe a round of golf. The evening is spent on my learning cycle of Sunday blogs and newsletters. I study the ideas contained therein and usually end up with 10 notecards full of images and stuff I want to save. Here are a few of the resources that come my way:
I allocate time to myself. It’s alright. It’s not selfish. You should do this. In fact, it may be imperative for your sanity.
There’s so much to appreciate about my life every single day, and I make a big point of taking time to smell the roses and noticing how lucky I am. I never want to take that for granted.
If this time falls in the “sacred” category, it is worthy of a plan. Maybe it’s not an entire day, but instead time early in the morning ahead of the magnetic pull of your day. Perhaps it is found in the quiet of the evening, just before bed. It might be in a deep stretch from your yoga class. Maybe it’s a long walk. Believe me, it’s out there and it’s calling to you through the chaos of your endless demands. It takes courage and commitment to carve out its place in your life, mostly because it is YOURS. No one takes it from you.
The basic thing is that I want to do the best work possible, and I can only do that if I’m relaxed and have a lot of energy. And that can only come from taking time off.
Jason Scott Lee
We look at our resources and allocate value to a wide variety of things. Often we miss the most important. Look for your sacred time. It’s out there and once you find it, once you make it important, you will wonder how you ever lived without it.
We’ve codified our existence to bring it down to human size to make it comprehensible. We’ve created a scale so that we can forget its unfathomable scale. Time is the only true unit of measure. It gives proof to the existence of matter. Without time, we don’t exist.
Scarlett Johansson – The Movie LUCY