“Serene women know that for each thing they choose to do they must forgo something else...don’t assume you can keep saying yes to everything!” Time Thieves Are Banished, or at Least Minimized If you like charts and lists, go ahead and map out the different activities you cram into a week to better understand how time is being spent. However, you probably already know which activities are stealing your time. It may be the low quality TV you watch in the hour before bed, when you’re too tired to do anything else. It may be the quick glance at your email, which turns into ninety minutes browsing Facebook and Pinterest. Whatever your weak points are, recognize them and ask yourself consciously if this is how you really want to spend your time.
Rest & Relaxation Are Not Optional Activities There’s a reason why airlines tell you to fit on your own oxygen mask first. You simply cannot live a happy, rewarding and serene life unless you put yourself first for at least a small portion of each day. Studies have proven that you don’t make good decisions when you’re tired. You won’t be as clever with your time, your diet or your relationships if you’re sleepy. On the other hand, get enough rest and you’re setting yourself up for success. Stop robbing yourself of sleep, relaxation and fun. They are essential investments which underpin your entire wellbeing.
Getting Help is Not Only Smart, it’s a Necessity You are guilty of this - yes, you are! You keep adding more and more to your burden and often assume you are the only one who can do the task to an acceptable standard. Guess what, if you broke a leg others would have to take over many of the things on your list and the world would keep on turning. The golden rule in getting help is to accept that not everything will be done in the way you would do it, but it will get done. You have to let go of the need for total control and serene women know this. “You simply cannot live a happy, rewarding and serene life unless you put yourself first for at least a small portion of each day!” 147
House of Fifty magazine Fall 2012 issue