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Mother Knows Best – a lesson in time management

Landing upon the perfect time management balance is an ongoing experiment. Some days are more lopsided than others and as I hoist myself back into teetering balance, I find myself scratching my head wondering why can’t I get this right? Isn’t it simply a basic arithmetic problem? Twenty-four hours a day divided by x-number of pursuits, obligations and relationships? Never the ideal candidate to divvy up the check amongst friends at a restaurant, nor the best left to calculate the tip, I am often reminded of my abysmal math skills. Apparently, it carries over to time management, as well.

Mom spr06Last night, while discussing all-things-creative with my mother, she had the wisdom and insight to suggest that perhaps I was feeling out of sorts because I hadn’t gotten in my writing this week, as planned. Lightbulb moment! Ahaa! She was right! Spending time with the heroine of “Voice on Fire”, drawing her story out on paper, is not an option. It has become a necessity, creatively speaking. She’s been scratching at the back of my mind all week, begging for air time.

So on my mother’s suggestion, I chose to write this morning instead of get in another workout at the gym. I’ve saved that for this evening. And I feel so much the better for it. I’m off to a weight lifting class now with a clearer mind, ready to do what I can to encourage some newly sculpted shape — but that’s a project for another blog.

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  • Ben Shaffer May 3, 2007, 2:18 am

    There’s nothing that can improve your life quite like being able to manage your time effectively.

    And I that your art manages your time. it seems so poetic.

  • Jacqui February 8, 2007, 7:43 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    I finally had a chance to check out your blog. It’s terrific and very inspiring. I have bookmarked it and will be a frequent visitor. Keep up the good work!

  • zazazu February 5, 2007, 1:19 pm

    This delights me! I just wrote a blog today about Time Management and it is my current project. I’m at a loss on how to really do it so I’m searching through blogs for tips and inspiration. Imagine my delight to see your blog on the same topic. Thank you!

  • Suresh Gundappa February 4, 2007, 12:29 pm

    yeah ! really nice post ! hearwarming! and yup Mom knows Best!

  • ggwfung February 2, 2007, 10:44 pm

    hi kim, you sure got excited about this one!

    my mother was great. She did everything. Work, cook for us, drop us off at school, all sorts of stuff. No wonder she was left tired all the time!


  • kim February 2, 2007, 7:02 pm

    I think I got off subject, but I love this post!

  • kim February 2, 2007, 7:02 pm

    I think I got off subject, but I love this post!

  • kim February 2, 2007, 6:47 pm

    what a great post! I know the feeling so well

  • Kathleen February 2, 2007, 8:03 am

    Your mother looks quite adorable donning her lively chapeau and red sweater. Thanks for sharing her with us. I’m glad she helped you put things into perspective. I applaud you for sticking to your workout routine, no matter what, and even happier that your writing is taking priority. Keep on keepin’ on!