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.]