Being busy is the enemy of a good life, I once heard someone say. Being busy used to be idolized in America, and still is to an extent. It was equated with being important. The tide is turning, however. Now, having lots of extra time (to do what, I don’t know) is the status symbol of choice. Now, the lowly people are the ones who are supposed to be running their tails off, while the wealthy and important sit back and relax, or something. Again, I’m not sure what the goal is.
Free time means what?
Where I come from (or when), having time on one’s hands means being dirt-poor and useless, or, worse: LAZY. It’s nothing to be proud of. Now it means you’re rich? Hmm, should I stop what I’m doing 90 hours a week, just rely on my husband’s income and government assistance, and have all the time in the world (but not a cent to spend on Platform University, AWeber, or anything else), or should I keep working my tail off and keep increasing my income and success? I have the cash on hand now to pay for AWeber and PlatU, but no time to make use of them. I’m in the trough: the place where there’s more money coming in but it’s taking a lot of time and effort and I haven’t really gotten to the point where I’m able to leverage my time yet. But the good news is I can see the other side. I outsourced some transcription work successfully recently, and it was nice to have that off my plate.
Success editing books for self-publishing authors has led to an offer from a publishing house to do freelance editing for them. This is an exciting time. Requests for my assistance are coming in from several directions. It’s nice to be in demand. At the same time, I find myself needing to choose carefully, to cultivate. I need to say no to many things and to remove some weeds: some time-wasters and some things that just aren’t that productive in my life—though they may be perfect for yours.
Be effective and efficient
I’ve been creating templates or “canned responses” for some of the emails I receive repeatedly. When I write an email, it seems like it should take ten minutes or so to bang out a few paragraphs, but it can take hours, and I think it’s pretty ridiculous. It’s especially foolish to answer the same or very similar question from several different people. So I’m creating form letters, basically, which can be adapted as needed to
One of the other ways I’m thinning out the demands on my time is to stop cooking. For the next while, I’ll be buying frozen dinners and no-prep foods: apples, baby carrots, celery, and peanut butter. It should save from two to four hours a day.
Now I’ll need to decide if I want to devote that time to being productive or to relaxing and developing relationships, which, from what I understand, is now the domain of the wealthy. Reading-and-dozing…now that I could handle. That, and chatting with friends on facebook again. It’s tempting to want to pamper myself, but I think I’ll stick with helping others as much as I can. That’s a richer life, in my opinion.