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Time Management

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What I struggle most with is time management. I get to the end of each day feeling like I’ve achieved little and wondering where the time went. A couple of years ago I went down to working two and a half days a week, thinking it would improve my work-life balance. It has, to a point. I am no longer so tired on my days off that I don’t have the energy to do anything, but am still left feeling scattered. 

I think I am guilty of trying to do too much, and achieving too little. I’m always trying new things, new hobbies, but feel I don’t stick at things. Am I looking for sense gratification? Probably. I take too much on, too many commitments. But maybe this is my obsession with ‘achieving’. Maybe it’s ok to try things, just for the experience of trying them, without a need to ‘achieve’ anything.

I struggle to maintain a regular asana / pranayama / meditation practice. Partly because having a 7yr old who doesn’t play on her own much in the house does not always make for ideal conditions, interruptions, etc. The other part is because I live in a small two-bedroom flat – if I want to do yoga, I have to do it in the lounge due to lack of space, and if everyone else wants to eat their breakfast then that’s not ideal either. In a few weeks we are moving to a much larger house, I could even have a whole room dedicated to yoga. I look forward to that. But then I shall have no excuses.

When I d have time, another issue is that of eating. If I have the luxury of practising asanas in the morning (which I prefer), then I can have a strong coffee and get going. If I practice later in the day, the issue of how long since the last meal becomes an issue. If it’s a work day, then I’m always famished when I come in, and it’s hard to find the right-sized snack. Ah, but I procrastinate…

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Spiritual boot camp

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So I’m trying to live by the yamas and niyamas, and practice asana, pranayama and meditation. This blog is a light-hearted look at the challenges of doing this in the modern world, not always that easy. Whilst in the fifties we were promised the “leisure society”, a world of technology and labour-saving devices. But where did it go? People are tied to their jobs even more by Blackberries, meaning they are never off duty.

A couple of years ago I chose to drop my hours at work and do only two and a half days a week. Work was taking over, and I needed a better work-life balance. But even now, I often wonder where the time goes each week. Each moment is precious, but it’s often hard to make the most of it, hence this blog and the “spiritual boot camp” I’m on. Lack of time feels like the single biggest challenge to this lifestyle change. Yes, in an ideal world I could do 90mins of ashtanga primary series, another hour of meditation and pranayama. But with a 7yr old, a job, family life in general means it’s not always that easy. Opportunities for meditation are often interrupted. I guess it’s about making it a priority in your day, but at the moment this feels like a struggle.