We are busy people. If you’re like most of us these days, you fill your plate to overflowing with activities, work, fun, family, church, sports, and many many other things. Often, these things bring benefits to our lives, although they can sometimes make us feel overwhelmed. Worse still, we’re not always too accurate in our estimation of how many hours a new commitment will require, and this can lead to a schedule packed full of activities that might not quite line up with our dreams, desires, and priorities. Is there any way to gain control of our schedules?
Money and Time
Just as it is with money, time often gets away with us. Without intentional planning, the loudest cries for our attention get our time and money first, leaving other, more important priorities lacking. A telltale sign of this is when we fine ourselves saying, “Oh, I’d love to do something like that, but I just don’t have the time!” It doesn’t take too much reflection to realize how preposterous this statement is. As if any person is given any more or less than 24 hours each day! We all make choices each day how we will spend our hours. It’s ok if you don’t want to prioritize a fitness regimen in your life, but don’t fool yourself by saying you don’t have time to go to the gym.
Be Real with Yourself
Think of it this way: you, just like the rest of us, have 168 hours each week. Typically, work will consume something like 45 of them and if you sleep 8 hours a night, that’s another 56. So, how will you spend the other 67 hours?
Just as with budgeting money, budgeting our time will help us elevate our highest priorities first, and let the things that matter least fill in the gaps. Instead of spending 24 hours watching TV this week, why not reduce it to 20 and invest those 4 hours into growing your marriage or relationship with another important person in your life?
You Can Have It; Are You Willing to Pay the Price?
It’s pretty easy to fall into the trap of wistfully wishing for things we’d like in our life, but failing to take any action in pursuit of those things. What do you really want? Can you make a decision today to spend three hours next week pursuing it? Maybe all you can do during those three hours is some research. But guess what? The following week, you’ll be armed with the info you need to take the next step, then the next one, on and on until you reach the place you want to be. The journey to success may be long, but what’s that to you—you’ve got time! 😀