How do you do it all? I don’t know the answer to that question. I’m a working mom and that answer escapes me. The problem is I don’t want to let that make me crazy. It will if you let it. My cousin asked me to join her Tough Mudder team this morning. It’s a 2 day 10 mile obstacle course. We have a year to train. I said yes right off the bat. She is in the same boat that I am.We are over 40 doctors on a mission to lose weight and avoid diabetes. The moment after I said yes anxiety set in. How am I going to do this? I already do Tae Kwon Do. Fourth grade homework is killing me. I just fired the every two-week house cleaning service. When will I have the time.? I will make time . I actually need to go back to my previous schedule. I was doing good with weights and Tae Kwon Do. Working out 5-6 days a week until July hit. Then I started traveling and got sick and traveled again and hurt my foot. Shall I go on? This is the perfect excuse to get out of this rut. I still don’t know how I will do it. But I will. One day at a time.
- Tough Mudder – Part I (430orbust.wordpress.com)
Time is a major stress factor for me. I don’t have time to do everything! That is not new. I’ve never had time to do everything I wanted to do . The thing that has changed is I no longer try. We live in an age where we are easily accessible. Cell phones have only increased our stress level. I looked at my life the past year and made myself less available. I don’t answer every call or text. I have telephone free time. I turned off the notification for text message. Only two relatives have an audible notification. For the most part I keep my ringer off. I don’t use my ear piece so I don’t talk while driving. I no longer give out my home number . I’ve done that for years because well-meaning people think you want to talk to them about there child’s fever in the middle of the night even if you’re not their doctor. I don’t! My job loves to schedule lunch meetings. Some are important some are not. I no longer feel obligated to go to every meeting. Send me an email! I don’t need a chit-chat session about the future of medicine. I’d rather be outside walking or finishing my charts so I can go home on time. I’ve let go of many social or work obligations. No, I do not want to work extra even for money. Fortunately I can do that . I’m taking my time back! This may seem selfish to some. So be it. I never had the power to make everyone happy so at least I can work on making me and my immediate family happier by having uninterrupted family time. Take back your time . Do it for you! What are you doing to manage your time?