I, like most of you, have been a little shell-shocked by what is going on not only in our towns, states and country, but across the whole world.
Instead of fearing the negative effects the next few weeks may bring, I am trying to stay positive and put my newfound time to good use, instead of letting it slip by.
When this is all over, I don’t want to say to myself, “Wow, I missed the opportunity to do 1… 2… 3.”
So instead of being glued to the news, and binging on Netflix all day (which I will do a little because it is relaxing and fun), I am committed to not vegging out on the sofa all day.
Yesterday, I wrote myself a note to hold myself accountable for what I can accomplish the next few weeks. Everything on my list are things I have been wanting to do, but kept putting on the back-burner. I now have the gift of time and am not going to let it slip by.
My Gift of Time List:
- Draw more. I started this already – proof below. :-)
- Walk or ride my bike every day for an hour.
- Paint the upstairs foyer walls.
- Clean the files on my computer so it keeps humming along without any problems.
- Clean out my studioffice.
- Create as many posts as possible so I can keep to a regular posting schedule on my blog.
- Watch my favorite old movies.
- Make a few of the recipes I have downloaded from the internet to try for dinner.
You get the idea. If you want to hold yourself accountable, write a note to yourself listing the things you would like to accomplish.
When the weeks of being confined at home are over, just think how nice it will feel that you got things done, but still made time to relax.
You can write your list on a note card and seal it. After life gets back to normal, open it up to see if you accomplished what you intended.
Take Your List a Step Further
Send your list to a best buddy and have them do the same with you. This way you are working as a team, but on your own lists.
- If you don’t have any note cards, I made one for myself. I like to draw and never made the time for it before. It was the number one item on my “gift of time list”.
I drew an old-fashioned quilt pattern called Grandma’s Garden and made it into a free printable folded note card that you can download and print.
I thought it an appropriate design as it has many colors and patterns that all work together to create a happy patchwork design. Just like we are, each and every one of us, unique in our own way, but living within a strong community that will get us through these unprecedented times.
Download the free printable Grandma’s Garden note card:
- Grandma’s Garden Quilt Block Note Card
- I printed mine on white card stock sold where printer paper is sold.
If you need some colorful envelopes, you can find them here: Colorful A2 Size Envelopes
Do you have any plans for the nest few weeks. If so, what is going to be on your Gift of Time list?