As I’ve been switching ‘hats’ quite frequently at the moment, working on different projects and constantly changing roles, I’ve had to apply not just the discipline of rhythm, as I noted in my previous post, but also the art of making windows.
As well as scheduling time where I will work on something, I’ve begun to schedule time where I won’t. Not in a rigid, inflexible way – but none the less decisive. So often when working from home or doing any kind of ‘freelance’ work, task spill over their alloted time into other parts of the day. Of life.
So I’m recognising that I need to make windows. Windows where I say – I will not work on this then. That afternoon is a time free from that particular task. This may be allowing myself some much needed ‘downtime’, or it may make room for other things – things that are important to me, that energise me in different ways. Things that I feel called to do.
By doing this, it removes the sense of obligation and gives much needed freedom – freedom which means I go back to every task fresher and feeling more positive – no longer frustrated that it is ‘stealing’ my time.
I have to channel my desire to ‘do a good job’ into the times where I’ve said I will work on such and such, and not feel I’m doing a ‘bad job’ just because I choose not to do it today.
The power of this choice – the art of making windows – is steadily becoming essential to my rhythm of living and working – taking away frustration and resentment, which are very draining, and instead enabling myself to share out my time more positively and friutfully.
Not that I’ve perfected it by any means, and of course life is never predictable. But the art of making windows is something I want to pursue, to get better at, to excel at. Because I need the windows in order to be able to see my world and the world around me.