Yes, you do have time … for what truly matters to you.
I’ve spent a few months playing a real-life version of the game “Beat The Clock” in which there never seemed to be enough time in the day. Or night. I’d come to the end of a weekend and wish there was room somewhere to squeeze in a third day.
Perhaps the more important question was: What is it that I DO want to make time for?
You know, I love how God sends confirmations when a blog idea is percolating in my mind.
First, I came across this quote from time management guru Julie Morgenstern in her book, “Time Management from the Inside Out”:
“Managing your time better will enable you to accomplish something vitally important to you. Ask yourself what that something is.”
Then a friend shared this tweet by my boy Lecrae:
“Some people waste time, some spend it, but the wisest people invest it.”
And my blogging buddy Hope Reid posted about her 40 b4 40 list, the 40 accomplishments she wants to complete before she turns 40.
Who has time, you ask? You do. If it really matters.
To ensure that you secure that time, consider these strategies:
Write the vision and make it plain (Habakkuk 2:2)
Sometimes we need to do like Hope did: cast a written vision of what matters most and how and when we plan to accomplish it. Seeing our goals in black and white makes them more concrete and increases the likelihood of making clear decisions about what we can fit into our “time diet.”
Consider the opportunity cost
Recognize that investing time in some activities means giving up on others. There’s no such thing as having it all. If you choose to go back to school, to volunteer, or to commit to a cause, your discretionary time will decrease substantially or, in some cases, disappear. Make peace with the fact that something’s gotta go.
Be ruthless about the time snatchers
We all know our “darlings,” the time-sucks that gobble up our precious time. We need to give them up to create more time, more space, and more margin in our lives. Conduct a cold-hearted elimination of the activities that are okay–but not great–in your life. It’s the only way you’ll make room for the important dreams you’re called to fulfill.
Intentionally take responsibility for your time
Guess what? It’s your time. Nobody else’s. Recognize the distractions and excuses, what Steven Pressfield calls The Resistance: that which keeps you from being fully productive and creative. Take small steps to put the truly time-deserving activities on your schedule.
Can I encourage you to embrace this particular struggle with gusto? Let’s stop the time hemorrhaging that occurs when we waste great gobs of time on things (and people) that leave our lives less than fulfilled. God’s Word validates it in Psalm 90:12:
“Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”
What do you wish you had more time for? How will you go about rearranging your time to accommodate it?