Friday, 17 February 2012

Making Time

coffee-time

I am a multitasker. I bet if you have a blog you are too. And probably if you don't! I rush around a lot, doing twelve things at once and at any given time I'll have five or six blog ideas on the go, be constantly looking for inspiration for the next, checking twitter and replying to comments, not to mention trying to squeeze work and time for my friends and family in there too!

I was watching breakfast tv the other day (and checking twitter, and reading blogs!) and a woman came on to talk about tea cosies. I'm not quite sure why the BBC were doing a piece on tea cosies but she did say something which I thought was interesting. She said the act of making loose leaf tea, in a teapot, of waiting for it to stew and pouring it into an actual tea cup, complete with saucer and maybe a biscuit was a gift of time to yourself. I could make instant coffee or builders tea, and most of the time I do, but every now and then I take the time to make a pot of french press coffee and it's pretty damn yummy, not least because it takes just a little bit longer.

What do you do to make time for yourself? Other favourites of mine are listening to podcasts in the bath and reading a magazine cover to cover with no disturbances! I definitely feel better for having a little time out. Being able to concentrate on just one thing at a time feels like a crazy luxury sometimes!



22 comments:

İpek said...

I know what you're talking about. I also have more than one thing in my mind and I am so easily distracted, it's shocking that I can actually focus on my writing when I sit down in front of the computer. My luxury time is usually some time 'alone' and calm. Includes a good cup tea, a good pen and a good notebook. I also enjoy some self treat with beauty products! x

dinoprincesschar said...

Oh i'm hopeless at making time for myself! I always seem to worry that i don't get enough done - mainly due to the fact I am trying to think about too many things at once to focus enough on the task in hand.

miss b said...

You are right about taking some time out - I've just made a proper cappuccino and I'm having twenty minutes to read a few lovely blogs but will shortly get back to multitasking!
http://missbbobochic.blogspot.com/

Bonita flor said...

is true... I´m multitasker too... ehehe

I Love Strawberry tea to relax...

A time to me is relax listen music... I love, love!! <3

xox

opportunityknits said...

I like the idea of calling it 'making time for myself'. I try to do that in the office, make myself a cup of green tea or apple tea and have cheese with crackers or a scone.

Love your cups, creamer jug and tray - so chic.

Chloe Likes To Talk said...

I never stopped to think about doing this, but I really should. I like to watch episodes of my favourite TV shows on my laptop, but I can't sit still and just do that anymore, I have to be writing a blog post or tidying around moving files to my external hard drive. Even my morning coffee goes straight into my travel mug and on the road with me these days, I should take some time to make myself my favourite French roasted coffee in my caffetiere for once, to slow things down!

jessica sandoval said...

I don't even know why, but I'm grinning stupidly over how sweet that idea is, slowing down to prepare tea for yourself being a gift of time? Oh, man, I'm going to embroider that and put it somewhere in my kitchen, because I'm feeling all of these gushy feelings over that lovely quote.

I think, like you, the time I truly give to myself to just forget about things is when I read in the bath-- the hot water and the bubbles and reading aloud to myself-- I love those moments!

Jessica | Vixenelle

EilidhPie said...

I always brew my tea in a pot. And I need an hour to enjoy it - though my mug is twice the size of the average mug! So I suppose my tea-time is my ne time - if I don't have an hour to drink it, I won't bother having one! Xo

Winnie said...

I don't really brew my tea in a pot but having a cup of tea in a teacup and saucer is definitely a bit of a luxury. That bodum coffee press looks amazing, I'm totally going to think about getting one of those for my dad!

Kat said...

Ahh I know what you mean, I spend about 13 hours a day mon-fri working/commuting and the rest of the time trying to blog, see my friends, family and boyfriend! Can be very hard to make time for yourself, I always try to give myself at least a couple of hours a week- usually reading magazines and listening to music :) xx

Ballad of Seasons said...

just had french coffee :) " a gift of time to yourself" definitely agree!
have a wonderful weekend!
Betül

p.s. I'm a multitasker too :)

Ballad of Seasons

stringsandbuttons said...

This is very inspiring Harriet. Sometimes we lose track of the simple 'human' things that can give us great pleasure. Your blog is sweet and thoughtful. Following now :) xo

Camelia said...

Haha, i'm definitely a multi tasker, I'll have three different blogs open as well as facebook and my homework for english, history and biology. haha, but I also am one to take time to read a magazine front to back, that's funny.

Christina said...

My favourite 'time to myself' thing is to listen to radio 4 whilst in the bath and then to properly dry my hair. It's a bit of a sunday evening ritual.

Vics said...

You've totally inspired me to make myself a proper pot of Sunday morning tea!

Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog said...

Yes life is always so busy. I try and make time for myself by painting my nails, having a bath or trying on clothes. Unfortunately I don't often get to do so. My mum always makes a post of tea.

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

Yep we all need a timeout sometimes, and like you said I guess most bloggers have to be good at multitasking! haha :)

Magazines or always good for timeouts! Or books of course! Or even watching a movie all by yourself! A movie that only you want to watch :) or take a walk with music in your ears. Or go shopping by yourself (I love that sometimes!). There's so many lovely thing you can do :)

confusedbrit said...

Oh, I now want to luxuriate with a proper pot of tea! I'm very vocal on the art of proper tea making, and am good at it, but I'm so lazy that its builders all the way, most days!

For me, the ultimate relaxing things to do are buying a stack of magazines, going to a cafe and drinking a vat of coffee and eating a huge slice of cake. I also, like the good fashion blogger I am, enjoy wandering around window shopping with my i-pod on and a cup of tea in paper travel cup. I do alot of things by myself, not because of not having any friends, but because I really do enjoy having a bit of me-time!

WeShop said...

It's soooooo hard to switch off and not continually check social media sites, emails etc for updates. I like to go to bed early and read a book. If it's a pageturner then it's not to hard to get lost in it and forget about the rest of the world! xx

MJ said...

What a lovely idea - for me it's probably taking some time out from my lab to go to the cafe around the corner! The act of taking a break, rather than just staying at the desk, is awesome.

3smallapples said...

I'm a bath fiend. It's the only time I really chill out. Reading a book in the bath... amazing! Even if I do get soggy pages.

xx

tea cozy said...

Love your cups, creamer jug and tray - so chic.