It happens in the shower all the time…
With shampoo bubbling in my hair, the long-awaited solution to an formidable problem strolls casually into my brain.
The answer: Because I are not multitasking. I shampoo. I wash. Not much else. I don’t have to think. These activities are routine and rote. My mind then has space to go off and remember things that I have forgotten to do, things that I need to do, and yes come up with the elusive solution to a nagging problem. Finally… my mind has space to work and be creative!
This is not new news! We admonish teens about studying, listening to music, and texting friends all at the same time. Yet we adults choose to talk on the phone and manage emails and drive all at the same time. And, then we wonder why we cannot figure out solutions to issues in our lives. Hmmm….
We need to give ourselves some space in time. We need to not schedule the day like an overbooked doctor’s office.
By creating space in your day to sit and relax, you allow your mind to move beyond the rapid-fire, to-do-list mentality and into creative, problem-solving intelligence. It’s great to have the “shower moments” outside the shower! Paper does so much better when it is dry.
This may play out in your life by cutting back some activities. Or, it may be better use of the minutes in your day. Ultimately, the goal is to have moments of non-thinking, even boredom. But most definitely, we need to do less in order for our brain to do pondering, even percolating, through the thoughts of the day.
The Lord created us with the ability to reason and understand. In our haste to accomplish much in 24 hours, we bypass the opportunity to develop long-term solutions and identify needed adjustments in life. Decide today to return to the land of the living!
It’s simply transformational!
What can you do today to give yourself some space?
Some people plan only 75% (or less!) of their day. Consider this: how can there be room for the Lord to work or for you to help others when your agenda is full?
Improve how you spend your day. Intentionally choose among the many activities and opportunities without the guilt of un-involvement.
Some people keep a gratitude journal. At the end of the day, they write all the things for which they are thankful and how they saw God’s hand in their life. Pausing and recording these things or at least keeping them in your mind is a valuable use of new found space in time.
Check this out: Here is a notepad that can live in the shower! I bought one, suctioned it to my shower door, and now no more lost shower ideas! YAY!
Consider adding a Sunday evening overview. Review the upcoming week’s calendar. When possible, spread out commitments to allow for treasured space.
Please always remember though…it’s not all about the time management. It’s about truly living life instead of allowing the clock & calender to live through you.
Posted by Sharon R. Hoover
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