Friday I mentioned a book that I recently read called The Fringe Hours: Making Time for you. This book written by Jessica Turner comes out tomorrow, February 17th. I had the opportunity to read the Fringe Hours as a part of the launch team and was surprised by just how much this book influenced me.
The Fringe Hours, at the heart of it, is a simple idea. Use the hidden pockets of wasted time for the things you love and self-care. While the concept is simple, Jessica writes about these hours and encourages the reader to find the pockets in ways I hadn’t thought about before. Jessica is a master at using her time well- keeping note cards and books in her car for times spent there and reading while drying her hair (something I’ve started doing too).
Before reading The Fringe Hours I always thought the only way to find extra time for the personal things I love was to wake up at the crack of dawn. Reading this book turned that idea upside down to really think more holistically and strategically about my schedule both at home and work. I’ve started thinking more creatively about how I use my time and begun prioritizing what activities I allow to fill my fringe hours. It’s caused me to rearrange my house to literally make space for what I love doing while also rethinking my lunch breaks to make time for me in the middle of the day.
One of the best parts of The Fringe Hours is that Jessica shares survey responses from more than 2000 women. This survey information really helped me understand that I’m not alone in the struggle to make time for what I enjoy. Jessica also formats the book to allow for journaling space which I loved because it allowed me to process information as I went. I really think that journal space allowed me to interact with the content and internalize the information in the context of my life more easily.
I cannot encourage women enough to pick up a copy of The Fringe Hours. Regardless of your life’s format (single, married, mom or not, working or not) I think it will really help you feel more balanced as you make more time for yourself!
I received a free advance reader copy of the book for my participation in the Launch Team. This did not require me to enjoy or benefit from the book. That’ geniune! This post also contains affiliate links. If you purchase the book with one of these links I’ll get a few extra pennies!