Portion up your day
My life has been temporarily revolutionised. I say temporarily because my life changes seem to have a ‘season’.
I shared in a previous blog that my work life comprises a variety of writing projects from Legacy writing, composing bespoke poetry, creating, drafting, and conducting weddings which are joyous delights, to writing and conducting funeral and memorial services.
In the case of a wedding there is so much to draw from the Happy Couple’s Love story, the world of poetry and literature and for a funeral or memorial, it is so heartening and rewarding when you find the right words out of thousands, to properly honour someone’s loved one.
All of my work needs a different touch and I love that about it, and feel so privileged to do it, but it is not always easy to switch from one sort of writing to another.
Then I read an article from America about dividing the day into four quarters – a key feature of most American games.
The theory is, you split the day into quarters and if whatever you are doing doesn’t go well in the first quarter you write it off because in the next quarter you will be doing something different which can go well. So, if things go badly in the mid-morning quarter, that doesn’t have to disrupt your entire day.
I decided quarters don’t quite work for me.
It would be better to have four portions of the day with different themes – four days for the price of one!
My portions are 8-10.30; 11- 2; 3-6; 7 – bedtime and the portions aren’t rigidly labelled so I can change what I do without restrictions.
When I have work meetings or events to conduct those arrangements take precedence, but I still portion the rest of the day into little chunks and the point is, in the little chunks, particularly when they are short periods, you can feel energised by the time constraint and clock up a lot of achievements and discount any negatives.
Today, during portion one, I was on a zoom call, tidied up notes from the call, wrote plans for the next meeting and completed one of the actions. This portion I have been working on wedding vows, firming up the outline of the service and writing this blog.
Portion up your day! Four days for the price of one! Give it a go.