I’ve been thinking a lot about space lately. As you know, I’ve been working on a 100 day streak for 100 healthy habits, and in doing so, it’s opened up some space in my life. I will give you an update on the 100 day streak later, just know that I haven’t kept a streak, but I’m still working on it.
Space is truly opening up in my life. And as it happens, I have realized that we often blame lack of time on what really is a lack of space. And it’s not exactly a lack of space, because when you look closely at it, that lack of space is actually simply clutter.
Space for Relationships
One of my 100 things to do is to clean something in my office everyday. I have been doing just that, and my office is gaining space. I have desk space where once I had piles and schmews of papers. And if I keep it up, I will have filing space that right now is jammed with drafts of manuals that I don’t need to keep, but haven’t taken the time to go through.
Best of all, I am keeping my extra office chair open. That leaves space for my coworkers and I am able to serve them better when they can pull that chair up to my computer with me. There’s not this awkward, “here let me move my things so you can sit in my office.” Instead, it’s an obvious space for visitors (i.e. coworkers) who come because they need to meet with me about something. I have taken that space and opened it up for them, thereby making them feel welcome in my office right from the start. Instead, I can motion to the chair that I have kept open, for them.
I hope and assume that this makes them feel more welcome, but one thing for certain—it has changed my perspective. I look at their visit differently. Suddenly, because I’ve made space for them with the chair, and I’m organized enough to get right down to business, I don’t feel like I “don’t have time” for this visit. I feel ready and able to help them.
Space for Productivity
The space is happening at home too (and yes, that’s part of my 100 things to do), and I have space on my closet floor where once was strewn all of my many pairs of shoes. And I have space on my racks where I once kept clothes I no longer wore.
When I’ve created space in my closets, my office and my house in general, I find that I am more organized, and therefore, more productive. I’ve created “space” for productivity. Being productive makes me feel better about myself at work, and gives me more “space” to work on the things I want to work on at home–and not just the things I need to work on.
Finding that “space” for me means I have more room for my creative pursuits as well as my responsibilities. Aha! Maybe not having time to work on my hobby project wasn’t a lack of time at all. Maybe, just maybe, looking at time and space from a different perspective opened me up to the possibility of producing some of it for myself.
Space for Health
Another one of my 100 things to do is yoga everyday. Now, since I got on this yoga kick, I’ve been pretty regular about it, but now I’m thinking of it differently, and I’m doing it quite consistently. But as space has opened up in other areas of my life, this word has been drifting around in my mind, and I remembered how I am supposed to keep my chest open in certain poses, to create that “space” for my lungs, chest, my heart. I am breathing better, remembering the power of intentional breathing in my yoga practice and how circulating that air through my open chest is beneficial to me. Inhalation of spirit, exhalation of waste. An open chest creates that “space” for spirit, which produces a deeper exhalation of waste.
This Space is Whitespace
This “space” I’m referring to in this post, is really that “whitespace” which is this blog’s namesake. When we create space, when we open things up, it creates room for something else. That “something else” doesn’t have to be a physical replacement. It can be mental, emotional, financial . . . anything. And yes, it can be something negative too. So watch out for that, and as you think about where you can make space in your life, concentrate on the goodness that you can allow into it. Be sensitive to the goodness, because if you ignore it, it might go away.
Take Action; Create Space
Look at your life. Where can you create space? Is it your refrigerator? Your closets? Is there some way you can create space in your finances? Do you need space in your thoughts?
So, the next time you think to yourself or say, “I just don’t have the time . . . ” stop and think of it as space. Where can you create space that will produce time for you? I guarantee that making space in some shape or form will create something magnificent, something that you didn’t expect.