So I don’t know if any of you knew this, but Christmas is TOMORROW! That’s right, a good number of you may be doing your shopping today. I used to be one of those as well…ok I still am. I don’t actually finish my Christmas shopping until the very last minute, but I am getting better. Christmas is always a bittersweet time of year for me. On the one hand, it is great to spend more time with family, and who doesn’t like all of the food and presents. Less food because keto. However, with it comes the frustrations of trying to find the perfect gifts. It oftentimes leads me to thinking that I don’t really know people as well as I should. That was the old me.
The new me likes to think that I do know more about people than I gave myself credit for. There are a lot of times where we think of gifts in terms of material things, and that isn’t what the holiday is about. I forget that I can always give my friends and family more of my time, more fun conversation, more of me. Maybe it is because I just convince myself that it isn’t the kind of gift people are looking for. Don’t get me wrong, I still purchased nice little items for loved ones. However, I am accepting that year round I should be providing more of me.
There is 8,766 hours in a year, now remove 2080 hours for the expected 40-hour workweek. Now remove 2924 hours because we all get 8 hours of sleep each night. You are left with 3762 hours to do whatever you wish. Averaged across every day of the year, that leaves 14.18 hours per day.
Granted this is a massive over-simplified calculation, and none of us are average, that is a good chunk of time. Want to start a business? Do it. Want to maintain a garden? Go ahead! Want to teach your kids the power of donating your time to others? Get started.
Christmas is a fun time for me and many others. It is time for me to start allowing a little more time for that. After all, no one knows how many Christmases we have. Nor do we know how many days are left for us, in general. So starting right this moment, I am vowing to say “No,” more. I need my “No’s” to get back some of the time available to me. I want to spend that resource better, and on better investments.
Please do not misunderstand me, this year is going to be record-breaking for both of my businesses. I also plan to continue coaching others, so if you need assistance do not hesitate to reach out. However, everything will be scheduled when it is convenient for both of us. After all, this year has felt like a candle lit from both sides. While the candle burns twice as bright, it burns twice as fast.
Set the pace on your journey. No one else is on it, but you!