I've been slowly reading (savoring, really) Sarah Susanka's inspiring book The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters. I'm now at the section which includes an exercise in identifying my relationship to time. After all, if I ever feel "too busy" in that vague, but real way many of us experience, it will help to know in what ways I am busy. Am I doing things that don't truly serve me? Do these things snatch up my time when I could be doing things that fulfill me or simplify my life?
Sarah is generous in providing a downloadable copy of her "Time Orientation Questionnaire" on her website.
Click here to download the .pdf questionnaire so you can explore your relationship to time.
As Susanka writes, "with your answers to all of these questions, you have the raw material with which to evaluate your life's relative balance." What do you notice about how you spend your time? Are there any changes you'd like to make?