Updated: Aug 23, 2018
One thing I'm working on is trying to create more space in all areas of my life. Fun becomes less so when you are rushing from one social obligation to another. And so often, we can be so heads down in execution that we don't see the bigger picture.
Giving yourself space unlocks so much:
An Intentional life. Space allows you to reflect on what is working (and not) in all aspects of your life and course correct.
A new perspective. There is a reason that some of the best ideas come in the shower. For some of us, it might be the only time we have all day without distractions. Pause to open yourself up to new ideas.
The ability to say, 'Yes.' One of the best ways to get new opportunities is to look like you have the space to take them on.
The spontaneity of childhood. Last weekend, the kids and I spent a glorious three hours cooking random foods they wanted to make. We were all so in the moment because we decided to do it on the spur of one.
How do you reduce over-scheduling? Laura Vanderkam (author of the time management book, I Know How She Does It) offers a simple tip: When you are asked to do something in the future, ask yourself, "Would I move things around to do this tomorrow?" If the answer is no, it's probably not worth doing at all.