First know that there is never enough time.  You have to use what is available.  I have tried different efficiencies over the years, but what I found most effective was having a child and obviously that won’t work for everybody.

But when I had my child, I learned quickly — with Nature as my teacher — that children require intense care, which gobbles up a day’s time very fast.  You have left over chunks of perhaps five minutes here and five minutes there.  And I began seizing those minutes.

Five minutes can be a lot of time, I discovered, perception being such an amorphous, stretchy and variable thing.

A child grows and time quantities change, and one must adapt to new measurements.  Still I’ve kept the fundamental insight: use the time that’s at hand.  One handful will do.

[This post is dedicated to the life and memory of Paul Squires of Gingatao, a great poet of the early 21st century.]


4 thoughts on “Time Management for Artists, numero uno

  1. Thank you for your series of time management pointers Aletha. I agree that having children is a good way of finding time (ironically) but not recommended for everyone. In the interests of time management and the objective of ‘making Paul Squires famous’ I am going to write ‘Paul Squires is a great poet’ in the other 9 posts – haha.

  2. Gabe: I enjoyed your writing Paul Squires is a great poet in the others, and I expressed my concurrence: Paul Squires is a great poet; il etait un grand poet.

  3. If you are dispersed, that IS your organization. Add quantity and it’s like kois (who are very dispersed, but many).

    Got to find one’s own optimum!

    And Paul Squires is a great, great poet. One for the ages.

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