I am sleeping, but my heart is awake. Because someone decided that a good time for a mother-daughter event for elementary school children is from 10:30 PM until 1 AM. We all would have been more awake for the evening of spiritual awakening if it had taken place in the morning. Maybe the schedulers need a little help with time management.
There’s nothing like the High Holidays to remind us that out time is limited. What we did in the past year is done, and we can only look ahead now. We will never get back the year that has gone by. Planning ahead to the New Year, we can imagine what we want to do with another 354 (on the Hebrew calendar) days. In her time management course, Rebekah Saltzman urges clients to do just this, decide what we would like to do if we only had more time. We can’t buy more time, but we can learn to manage the limited time we each receive every day, week, and year. We can learn to prioritize so that we do what is important to us. Set goals. In Hebrew, we would say סוף מעשה במחשבה תחילה. Sean Covey, in the 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens, calls this “beginning with the end in mind.” Getting focused is the first step to success.
Over the last week of the year, I did an experiment, suggested in Rebekah’s course. I kept track of what I was actually doing with my time. It was no surprise that reality didn’t match my “dream schedule.” Some changes I knew were coming: a parent teacher conference one night, a kid finishing school early one day before a night program with school that ended at 3 am… Others came from out of the blue: I spent one afternoon playing phone tag with the electric company because my parents’ electricity was shut off (long story) and another with an unexpected work obligation. One evening I spent cleaning lice out of my children’s hair (back to school bonus :-)) and another visiting a mourner. My week seemed to be divided up like a hot pizza and snatched away just as fast. At least, since I was keeping track, I was aware, and it felt like even just the heightened awareness boosted productivity. Man plans and G-d laughs. But we need to plan anyways.
Next on my plan: SLEEP.
But first, I will leave you with a tip. It’s my gift to you and one of my blog’s biggest secrets. If you’re short on time, cut back on kitchen time by keep the food simple. If you need any dish, from appetizers to chicken to dessert, to look fancy, just throw on a handful of pomegranate seeds. It’s magic. Check it out:
Winter Fruit Salad Fruity Power Breakfast Bowl Mediterranean Grain Bowl
Have a sweet, organized, beautiful year!