Time is a limited resource.
We all make choices on how to fill our time. Most working adults are held conventional working hours. Then they need to do the other adulting things, like clean their house, parent their children, maintain vehicles, yards and homes. They need to pay their bills and nourish relationships. Adulting doesn’t lead to very much free time.
Entrepreneurs take it a step further, doing all the same things, but having to create their own schedule. They don’t have a boss setting the start and end time. Perhaps they are better at time management or perhaps they are so passionate about their business that it spills into all areas of their life.
I have a crazy new opportunity that I’ve been trying to wrap my head around.
I homeschooled my awesome kids for two years. This year the boys are back in the public school and I now have HOURS each day without the constant care and education to manage. HOURS.
It’s so strange and freeing and sometimes unsettling. Of course, I think about them and say many little prayers for them, but I mostly don’t need to worry about them!
But this means that there is more margin in my life. I have time to think. I have time to clean and organize my house. I have time to work my new amazing, part-time job at the church! I have time to write this blog. I have time work with my clients. And I’m going to have time for myself.
This is where I really need to work. I need take better care of myself. I’d really like to get my health under control – physically and mentally.
I have little pockets of time, an hour here and two hours there that I need to get serious about. Because I am wasting my time.
I could move my business ahead by leaps and bounds. I could train for a marathon or write a novel. Do you know how much I could get done if I were to be purposeful with my pockets of time?!
Here’s my current schedule: we all wake up at 6:15. My oldest showers and gets ready for the day. He’s out the door just after 7:00. My younger sons gets ready after that and leaves around 8:00. During this time, I enjoy some coffee, read my scriptures and chat with my hubby.
From 8:00-10:00 I’ll take a walk with my dog, drink more coffee, check social media and clean the house. But I think this is a space that I need to be more intentional about. I like all of those things, but perhaps I could condense it and get some writing, business work or a better workout in.
Three days a week, I head into the office (I smile each time I think about this job at church!) for three or four hours. The other two days, I’m just home or running errands. Then I eat lunch and generally waste time on social media and or YouTube until my kids come home from school at 3:00 and 4:00. What a waste!
Once they get home, I check in with them and pepper them with questions about their days. They do their chores and homework and then watch their screens. Again, I mindlessly, waste time on my phone. Or I try to be productive on my other things. I can only declutter my closets so many times before I’m just killing time and avoiding harder and more meaningful activities.
Most nights we have taekwondo, a church meeting or scouting events. We eat dinner around 7:00 and wind down for bedtime around 8:45. I spend more time with my husband and do another house tidy. I read for about a hour before bed.
If you notice, I have taken care of my home and my kids. I have spent time with my husband and taken the dog for a walk. I”m reading books and spending time with God each day. What’s the big deal if I have spent my free time with a cell phone in my hand? Here’s the big deal – I was made for more. God has created me with more in mind. I don’t know what my purpose is, but it’s more than watching YouTube or playing GardenScapes. I don’t plan to cut either of them out, but it’s definitely time to limit them drastically. I was created to THRIVE not just survive.
Last week I downloaded a game with blocks and ricocheting balls. It was so much fun! I spent hours playing. Hours. I realized one night, after my family went to bed, I laid at the end of my bed, dangling over the edge so that the cord could reach and played this game until midnight. Man that’s embarrassing to type. I played a stupid phone game for hours. Don’t worry, I uninstalled that one when I realized what a time-suck it was.
Could you imagine how many books I could read or how many HIIT workouts or yoga classes I could attend? Could you imagine how many hats I could knit for NICU babies or clients I could help organize their homes? Could you imagine how many kids I could tutor or paintings I could paint?
What I do with my time doesn’t really matter, but I need to get a hold of this precious resource before life changes again, which it will absolutely will. I need to do some soul-searching and make some plans. And don’t worry, I’ll let you know what I’m working on.
What about you?
Are you in a season with margin? Are you ready for more?