36 Responses to “How to Live in the Land of Enough: Time”


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  1. mac

    Hello Courtney,

    thank you for that great article and thank you for reminding me again, to slow down! I always forget that, so many things have to be done, and so less time is left! ;-)

    But you are right, we have to realize how valuable time is, because of not be able to influnce of losing in which way and how much. (hope that was understandable ;-) ) (German – for the non knowers me ;-) )

    kind regards

  2. Matthias, Thanks for the great feedback. Your English is great. I wish I understood enough German to read your blog!

  3. Check email 3 times a day?! I don’t even do it every day! But I do get the whole ‘losing half a day on Twitter’ thing! Mind you, it led me to you, so I think I’ve gained alot from trawling Twitter links!

    For me, tv has a side benefit that actually helps me achieve more – if i watch something intelligent (we have more of it in the UK!) I find I knit much faster, which is great, since knitting is what I do ;o) I go into autopilot, which is useful in context, and learn something at the same time, but soap operas etc are anathema – like everything it’s about discipline and making conscious choices about how you spend your time.

    I love how you articulate all sorts of ideas and practices that I take for granted, you help me stay more self aware, thank you!

    • Courtney Carver

      Michele – glad you found me! Everyone creates time for different reasons but as mention, being self aware really helps in terms of not wasting time.

  4. “At the end of the day, am I grateful for the day, or just grateful that it’s over?” – this is just brilliant Courtney. What’s the point of rushing around frantically to do stuff we don’t want do as quickly as possible so we have more time to cram in MORE stuff we don’t want to do?! Crazy.

    The Say No and Say Yes points are excellent too. So many of us (including myself) don’t want to disappoint people or turn them down so we just say yes almost by habit without considering whether it’s really something that’s going to make our “heart swell”. If it’s not, we’re not doing anyone any favours by taking it on.

    This is turning into a great series so far. I’m thinking it has the legs to be a book at some point too. : )

  5. “Agree to commitments that make your heart swell.”


  6. Time is precious. Great post.

    When I killed my TV service, I had so much more free time. My nine year old had a hard time with it for a few weeks. Because there was no cartoons to fill his time. But we started biking and getting outside so much more.

    Thank you for your feedback/help on my blog too.

  7. “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t
    own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep
    it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it
    you can never get it back.” Harvey MacKay

    Here’s to making the moments count and appreciation for the time we have. Really great post. Thank you. :)

  8. Since I gave up TV and e-mail checking every 2 minutes I seem to have oodles more time, it’s great!
    I have never thought about unwinding like that though so definitley something fo rme to think about, thank you.

  9. Courtney,

    This post really hit home with me. Actually, more than anything, I think this series has made me do some serious thinking.

    The land of enough is the ultimate destination for each of us. A place where we can finally put down our constant need to do this and do that and just be.

    Thanks for writing this piece. I’ll do my best to get the word out about it. Might I suggest that this series grows into something more – an ebook? a weekly fixture? It just has so much potential :)

    Mike Donghia

  10. Oh, This is such a good post! I am pretty good on the TV thing, we only watch a few shows a week online. And email is not really a problem for me. I spend too much time twittering and blog hopping! All for the cause of educating myself and networking. I have to put limits on it!
    One way is to go where there is no internet, which I am doing for a few days this week. Friends have a lake house I can go use!

  11. Hi Courtney,

    I love you blog and I am not attacking you, but seriously, our staff is stretched so thin we work 9 1/2 hours a day without a break – much less a lunch. In talking to a lot of my friends they seem to be in the same situation. With jobs so scarce who can complain.

    Seriously I love your stuff, but this post makes no sense to my reality or those around me.

    Take Care.


    • Courtney Carver

      Cameron, I understand that not everyone of my posts will apply to every lifestyle or work situation, but maybe there is a little bit or piece that will help.

      I’m not sure what industry you’re in but a 9 1/2 hour day without eating or a few minutes for fresh air doesn’t really generate great productivity overall. That’s not to say that you aren’t extremely good at what you do, but if you sacrificed 15 – 30 minutes for lunch, maybe you would be even better.

      Just a thought – I’m not in your situation so I can’t presume to know what’s best for you.

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