Do you feel like you do not have time to do the things you love? Or you have an old hobby that you just cannot pick up again? Or are needing a little time to just sit alone and be refreshed? If you believe that you don’t have the time, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You* (to be released February 17) will help you to find it.
I was intrigued by a book that talks of finding the extra pockets of time in your day. I tend to read in small random increments. The author, Jessica Turner, mentioned reading a magazine while blow-drying her hair. While some may find that odd, I could relate as I have done that myself! And…I could add to the list of activites done while reading, but I will stick with reviewing the book instead of letting you think I am too odd…
People often overlook the small pockets in their day and The Fringe Hours is a great tool to help you find the time. Time spent waiting is a perfect example. This time can be wasted so easily. If reading is the activity that you want to do in your fringe hours, keep a book with you at all times. You can catch up on your book instead of just spending the time waiting in line or waiting for your appointment.
Jessica Turner also suggests to step back and take a look at how you use your time. She asks you to reevaluate. She mentions encouraging a friend to let some of the “perfect house” go. I completely agree with her suggestion! If your life is hectic and you have little time to relax or little quality time with children, step back. Your children will remember the memories you made together much more than whether or not you completed your weekly living room dusting.
She spends a portion on a chapter focusing on using time efficiently by eliminating technology waste. I was taking notes on that section and found helpful tidbits that I will be using!
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You* is a solid tool for figuring out how to find the time. She surveyed more than 2,000 woman prior to writing the book. She pulls in the barriers these women are facing and provides the steps to help them reevaluate their time and get back to what they love.
I felt like The Fringe Hours would be almost perfect for a mom who works outside the home. For a stay-at-home mom like myself, it was slightly less relate-able. She speaks of her schedule (which sounds crazy and hectic) and I didn’t envy it one bit. It did not sound easy. I feel like almost every suggestion was covered in the book, but one: there was no consideration of deciding not to work. No, not as the answer to everyone! But…I feel like it should have been mentioned: maybe step back and see if there is a time in your life that you can take a few years to be home with the little ones. I would have been satisfied with a paragraph or two. Just a suggestion to step back and consider it as you reevaluate your time.
Jessica did leave an all-consuming job when she had her second child. So she DID reevaluate her work-life balance and made a change.
The Fringe Hours recommends letting go of the guilt when taking care of yourself. I think that it’s very important to do the things you love. Take the time and energy to take care of yourself. You just may have more energy and love to spread around if you have been refreshed. The Fringe Hours helps you to make the best use of your time so you can truly enjoy the activities you love.
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You* is available February 17, 2015.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Fringe Hours to review and I was not financially compensated in any way for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
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