I'd Rather Be Blogging

Even Massage Therapists have rough days. I woke up this morning, looking forward to interviewing a young man for a position at Perfect Day Massage. As it turned out, the bus driver wouldn't let him on the bus because the bus was already too crowded for his bicycle.

Still, I happen to love what I do, so my day of giving massage, was pleasant. I was even lucky enough, to massage a woman who was willing to have me practice my Life Coaching on her, at a later time.

For those who don't yet know, Sue the CMT is soon to be Sue the CMT AND LC.

It's not really that Today was so difficult, although it seemed to involve more than it's fair share of hauling stuff from my office to my car and back again. What was really eating at me is that my cell phone had allowed me to double book a few clients.

I let myself worry about that off and on through the whole day. So, the soon to be LC really needed to take some of the advice that any sensible Life Coach would give: What-ever you're worried about, probably won't worry back. All you can do is to do what you can, when you can. Until then, it's really best to be present and try to enjoy the moment.

The laundry isn't going anywhere. People disatisfied with the chipper outgoing message on your answering machine will track you down to communicate directly, and as Tevya said: Good news can wait, .......bad news will not go away!

I couldn't do anything to straighten out my scheduling mess while I was giving massages, so I had to focus on giving great massages worthy of PDM. In between giving those massages, I did manage to get a few things straightened out and did some Life Coaching homework to boot, and then congratulated myself on being an exellent "Time Manager".

What a ridiculous term! We can't "manage" time. What are you going to do to time? Are you going to add more hours to the big clock in the sky? Are you going to make the sun rise earlier or later? Wave your magic wand and try it.

No. All you can do is what the rest of us do. We do as much as we can in a day, and put everything else on a To-Do list for Tomorrow.

This is called prioritizing. We like to think of it as "Time Management" (TM) but TM involves much more creativity and thought. It requires going back to school........at least in our imaginations.

Remember those book reports that you did in grade school? Your teacher made you turn in first one part of it, and then another part a few days later, and then another part of it in the next couple weeks? The end goal was to turn in a completed book report. Those things have not only a beginning, middle and end, but also an outline, table of contents, sometimes a glossary, and a bibliography. The important thing is to break down the goal into bite sized tasks, and give each task a dead-line.

(Dead-lines are so important, that they'll get their own blog post, later).

So now you've broken down TM into something that you can actually do versus trying to impose new laws of physics on the solar system. You've done it by understanding how to prioritize and that we're all human and we do what we can do moment by moment, and make lists of things that still need doing that we can't get done right now.

Now, there are going to be times when all this prioritizing and To-Do listing and getting done what you can get done in the time you have, goes out the window, because I've been talking about getting things done under "normal" conditions.

This begs the questions: What's "normal"? And: How often do we run across "normal" conditions?

What if your work involves tele-conferencing across time zones? Is that "normal"? It means that you may have to get a nap during the day, in order to be awake at 2am for that conference call.

What if you're sick? Everybody's work is effected when their sick. It really doesn't matter if you commute to work, or work from home. You're going to need more rest or sleep than you "normally" would.

What if the power goes down in your town, and you work on your computer? That's probably not something that "normally" happens, and it would effect your work. It would seemingly steal some of the time that you would "normally" be putting into your work.

As I said, though, there are 12 hours in a day, and as long as things are going along on an even keel, most of those 12 hours can be quite productive. You might be able to find a clock that has more than 12 hours marked on it's face, but that doesn't mean that you're going to actually have more time in your day to get more done. It just means that you've found an "ab-normal" clock.

Consider: When people talk about wanting more of your time, what do they really want? They're really saying that they want more of your undivided attention. They know that you can't create a day with more hours in it. You're not Omnipotent. They don't need you to be Superhuman. They just need you to be present.

So the question becomes: Are you really spending the hours given to you where you want to be spending them? (And with whom). Your time is valuable. If you're not loving or at least enjoying what you're doing, then you'd better be getting some pretty great compensation for your time.

Could your time be better spent finding work that you can enjoy? Could it be better spent with your family? On relaxing and letting inspiration find you? ............

Yours in Service ..........Now and Forever,
Sue Hirsch, Owner of Perfect Day Massage