I have a lot of discussions with women about what is stopping them from going after the things they want in life. It’s usually one of two reasons. The first is a lack of money. And the second is not having enough time. Most often the time issue edges out the money issue a little more frequently.
It’s not uncommon for me to hear things like:
- If I had more time, I’d start my business, ministry or non-profit.
- If I had more time, I’d write my book.
- If I had more time, I’d look at changing careers.
- If I had more time, I’d take that dream vacation with my family.
Unfortunately, if you’re waiting to have time to do the things in life that you want to do, they may never get done. Time is finite. Everyone gets the same 24 hours every day. And so, it breaks my heart when I hear women holding off on going after the things they want in life because they feel like they don’t have the time.
The truth of the matter is, you have to learn how to make space in the time you have to do the things that matter most to you. On the rare occasions that you do have some free time, you have probably noticed how quickly it gets filled up with work, tasks and obligations. You’ll never be done with these things. But you can choose to stop, take a break and do something else.
You have to manage your time.
Even when you feel like you have to get everything done on your to-do list or meet every obligation on your calendar, you have to take control of your time. Because, if you don’t, not only will you be trapped in a life of overwhelm, frustration and stress but you’ll continue the cycle of putting what matters most to you on the back burner – waiting for that magical day when you have time for it.
You are the only one who can do this.
It can be hard, but if you are ever going to have a life that you love – a RICH life – you have to take charge of your time. Nobody else is going to do this for you. Pray and ask the Lord to help you set boundaries at work and at home that are going to allow you the space in your life to take back control of your time.
Identify what matters most to you.
When you’re clear on what matters most to you, managing your time becomes a priority. Sometimes work and everyday life keeps you so busy that your focus is on getting stuff done and not on the things and people who make your heart sing and fuel your soul. But, when you take a few minutes and focus on why you really need to manage your time, those reasons will form the foundation for your desire to make space in your life for the people and things you love.
Here’s something you can do right now to start better managing your time.
- Download a copy of my Daily Time Map and follow the instructions for identifying how you’re currently spending your time.
- Now that you know where your time is going, select at least 60 minutes (you can break it down into two 30-minute segments, four 15-minute segments or any other breakdown that works for you) in your day that you can focus on one goal, dream or desire you have. Take action towards that focus until you have reached the success you want in that area of your life.
As I said at the beginning, you’ll never have more time, however, you can use the time you do have in a way that gives priority to the things and people who matter most to you – your faith, relationships, work, etc.
I recognize that managing your time can be a challenge. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to draw your line in the sand and say that this is the day I am going to do whatever it takes to get control over this area of my life. And remember, you don’t have to do this alone. Jesus stands ready to give you the strength you need to accomplish this. If you ask Him for help, He will help you.
You have everything you need to start today. Allow yourself some grace. Take daily imperfect action. And watch how things change for you.