This Sunday morning finds me cooped up in bed. Friday evening, as my body had warned, some type of virus began to take over. Hour after hour I could feel my throat swell, chest tighten and head fog. I was tired by seven o’clock and couldn’t wait to get home and crawl under my covers.
I’ve been out a few times since then, however each getaway has left me feeling weary. David and I have switched roles from last weekend. He’s moved from invalid to nurse and I’ve settled for pajamas and movies.
What I wanted to share this week has to do with small moments. I’ve realized in the last few months that those are the times when we can squeeze in some of the most productive moments. If you’ve read R&T for a while, you know that I’m a planner. If things are written down, chances are good that they’ll get done. So if I haven’t scheduled time for relaxation, I tend to forget about it. Recently, I’ve been working to take advantage of the small pockets of time in between. I’ve started to slow down and take a few minutes to look around and see what needs to be done around me. If there’s nothing screaming to be done, I’ll think about what I would like to be doing in those moments. Here are ways I’ve been taking advantage of small moments:
Two minute tidying up- I’ll make one quick pass through a room and gather any object that doesn’t belong. If I have time, I’ll run the items back to their homes, if not, I’ll make small piles at the top or bottom of the steps to take care of later.
Make a healthy snack- This is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. I’m so picky when it comes to food that I often settle for quick meals when I’m in a rush. I’ve worked so hard to take just a few minutes to slice some fruit or make a smoothie before running out the door.
Carrying books- I’ve begun to carry a book with me everywhere I go. This is a practice I got out of the habit of when I got my first iPhone and one that I miss. When I find myself caught in moments of waiting, I pull out my book and get a few pages read rather than scrolling through my phone. This may sound small, but I’ve managed to work my way through three books in the last two months.
10 minute decorating- When it comes to my home, I’ve realized that I tend to want to set aside hours of time to get things just right in every room. Sometimes this works out, most times, there’s just not time for it. So I’ve really been making the very most of small moments with my home.
The other day, I worked on my office room for a little bit. I’ve had small piles of pictures for the wall and accessories without homes throughout the room and I finally decided to just put up some shelves and find places for everything even if just temporary. Later that evening, I walked into the room and caught the light just as it was fading through the curtains. Those few minutes I had spent being productive had really paid off as I sat and gazed at the light softly hitting this sweet tea set that had been sitting on the floor waiting for a home. It was such a peaceful moment, I grabbed my camera snapped a few pictures to share.
All of these little moments have made such a huge difference. Stepping back and looking at my days as a whole, I’ve realized that there have been a lot of wasted moments that can be taken advantage of. Even if you have just a few passing minutes today, take advantage of the quiet and make some space for even a small moment of productivity.
Until next time!