Wednesday, January 18, 2006

seeing time One way Flylady has changed me is in the way I see time. First of all, I no longer see hours. I see sets of 15 minutes. For example, "I am meeting friends at 2, and it is now almost 12:30. That means I have 6 sets of 15 minutes. That means I can get 5 things done and take a little 'me time' too." I didn't even realize this had changed until this morning when I was going to the breakfast stand and thought, "alright, I have 8 sets of 15 min; what am I going to get done this morning?" Another thing that has changed about how I think about time is I no longer think about the arriving time--I only think about the departing time. When my friend asked me, when are you going to be here, I answered with "I will leave here are 4:45. So, I should be there between 5 and 5:30." This way I don't have to feel guilty about heavy traffic and rush to get there at a very specific time. All I need to do is be faithful and leave at 4:45. So, how does this work with other things that start at a specific time? Well, since I live in Taiwan, I don't have to worry too much with appointments. At many doctors' offices we are given numbers, and I know approx. when number 42 should be called so I will just leave my house at a certain time. If I am there and he is still at 30, its ok because I brought something to do. If I am there and he is on number 48, its ok because the nurse will work me in next. (At other doctors' offices they don't have "appointment numbers," I just show up and know I will be seen within about 15 minutes.) So, here in Taiwan, the only thing I really have to show up at a certain time for is class. (And even that is relative as most teachers just show up within the first 10 minutes of class after the bell.) However, I still do my "I will leave here by . . ." thing for school to. I know I live a 5 minute walk from school, so I just tell myself that I will leave 15 minutes before I need to be at school. Thus, on my calender, I have leave times, not arrive times written down. This has made a world of difference for me. (I'm not sure if this last thing is a "flylady" thing, but it changed as I became a flybaby--so I'm still giving her credit for changing this in me.) Oops, I have now gone over into my next 15 minute block by 2 minutes. I gotta jet for now. Off to do some room rescuing!!

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