No fooling - take some time out for yourself today

How did this happen? Where did the year go? How did it get to be April?

I know the Braves played their home opener last night, but it doesn't seem possible. It's like an April Fool's Day joke, this quickening of the calendar. Seems like only the other day we were watching bowl games, planning Christmas getaways and making resolutions.

Which brings me to my point: How are those going for you? Have you lost the weight? On the right track, at least? Exercising more? Eating better? Calling your mom on the weekends?

My motto for this year is: Treat yourself better, 2008. I'm trying, and if the waistline is the only barometer I seem to be succeeding greatly. But it seems like I'm rushing through each day just like each day seems to be rushing through the calendar.

Three months in and no grandiose achievements for me. How about you? Working on that novel? Started remodeling the den? Started that fund for that trip that you always said you'd take?

When it comes to accomplishing some of these things, you've got to be better than Santa. You've got to make a list and check it more than twice. Chart that progression. Make strides toward that goal. You're not going to lose 20 pounds in a week. But a couple of months? Hey, that's more than doable.

A lot of things are if you get them down in writing, and try to get there incrementally. One of my favorite sayings is: Incremental progress is better than delayed perfection. So today, April 1, is a good time to assess where you are at and decide where you want to be.

Slowing down every once in a while might help. As if the days don't fly by anyway, trying to cram in every TV show, game and movie makes it even tougher. Makes me wish the Hollywood writers' strike would have continued. Helped me gain a few hours each week instead of being a slave to the television.

But now the shows are back and so am I, trying to watch them and TiVo them and find time for them while wondering where all the time goes. It's like chasing your tail some days, and we all do it. Which leaves little time for contemplation.

We all need that reflective time, the chance to assess our goals and see how we are meeting the challenge. My dad had a saying that works well in that regard: Pay yourself first.

If you get a chance to take a break from your hectic schedule today, it might be a good thing to remember.

E-mail Todd Cline at todd.cline@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Tuesdays.