A Guide Makes Good Use of Her TimePosted: June 24, 2011
The Guide Law
- A Guide is loyal and can be trusted.
- A Guide is helpful.
- A Guide is polite and considerate.
- A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides.
- A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things.
- A Guide is obedient.
- A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties.
- A Guide makes good use of her time.
- A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other people.
- A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does.
I was a Girl Guide, Junior Leader, Assistant Guide Leader and Gumnut Guide Leader in the days of my youth. Guiding still holds a very dear place in my heart and many happy memories and some embarrassing ones. My bra being flown from a camp flagpole was not a highlight!
It is interesting the things that come back and stick with you. I could not recite the entire Guide Law to save my life but I often think to myself “A Guide makes Good Use of Her Time”. This seems to have become more and more relevant to me as I get older. Obviously I now have multiple roles in life and never enough time in the day. Being on crutches and having impaired mobility for so long was a salient lesson in what can be achieved in very small pockets of time. At this stage of my rehabilitation I can be standing around for 30 minutes at most before my back starts hurting so I have had to make sure that I make very good use of those 30 minutes (or smaller) intervals.
The smaller intervals are perhaps the most interesting. I try to get as many little things done as the kettle boils, as the toaster toasts and when I have set the oven timer for something. I have loaded or unloaded the dishwasher at one of these time, put a load of shopping away or cleaned down the sink. While I’m waiting for my computer to boot up or shut down or for the printer to work I can tidy numerous things off the desk. When there are bigger tasks like folding washing, cleaning and the like I often set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes to get myself started and then keep going in 15 minute intervals.
Then there are some other ways to consider good use of time. A big one for me recently has been sleep time. I am often turning my light off when there is a 9 at the front of the time on the clock! I then have a far better chance of getting the 8 hours sleep that I really need. And what about when choosing what to do? I had a an afternoon with Daniel this afternoon as Anthony was off playing Bowls and Eric was at a friend’s place. I would have been very well justified in continuing to plough through laundry and tidying up especially after yesterday’s Dinosaur Hunting party but Dan and I headed for the local park with his Big Bang Rocket and in true Daniel fashion he soon adopted four other random children and organised a series of test flights making sure that everyone had a turn and that they knew the correct technique. Now that was good use of time!