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The Time Struggle: When 24 Hours Doesn't Seem Enough

Always late for everything or do you put all your eggs in one basket? Well this blog is just for you. Once we realize how important time really is, we won't waste another minute!



My famous line was:

"Hi, this is ___________ (insert your name), I'm so sorry but I'm running late because _____________ (insert excuse here."

That was me. Friends and family always knew I'd be late. They actually made a joke about how late my husband and I were. It was funny at first but as the years passed, the joke became embarrassing. Not only did we show up late, but there was usually an disagreement in the car on who's fault it was, lol.


Once we started to get ourselves together, we knew that something had to change. The first thing we did was take responsibility for our actions. We realized we wasted so much time and time was in fact a struggle for us.


Sometimes, we don't see how precious and short time really is.


“Time is your most precious gift, because you only have a set amount of it.”  -Rick Warren


Let's highlight 2 ways time becomes a struggle for us:



Overcommitment


Definition of overcommit. transitive verb. : to commit excessively: such as. a : to obligate (someone, such as oneself) beyond the ability for fulfillment. b : to allocate (resources) in excess of the capacity for replenishment. / Merriam-Webster


You're not a bad person for saying "no". In reality, saying "no" is an important part of contributing to staying healthy mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Being burnt out at work, school, church and anywhere else you're needed can lead to depression, stress, fatigue and other serious health conditions.


If you do commit to something, make sure the grace is there to do it. You'll do it with a cheerful heart, have energy and be able to give whatever you commit to your very best - in excellence. Besides, no one wants you commit to doing something for them if you'll complain and nag about it.


If you cannot commit, communicate. Ask for help. See if someone else can step in. You won't know unless you ask. Your first commitment should be to keeping your mind, body and spirit alive.


Lack Of Preparation & Procrastination


Lack of Preparation aka "just winging it" or doing things last minute is a habit that must be broken. It creates chaos and is stressful when trying to piece things together with very little time. Boy, oh boy. I know this area all too well.


Here are some tips to help eliminate the stress of rushing:


>Writing out the schedule and activities for the week.

>Folding clothes and placing on dresser the night before.

>Create menu, write a grocery list and meal prep on the least busiest day. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time everyday, if possible.

>Set concrete bedtimes for the kids and yourself, with an extra 30 minutes or hour added on weekends. Of course, exceptions apply.

>Limit television and electronics - we waste so much time scrolling on social media, watching television and browsing the internet. You meant to check (1) notification, then the next thing you know, you've wasted an hour by getting sidetracked. Or you find a new show that's awesome, what turned into one episode became one season all in one night.

>Don't pick up your phone, respond to emails or socialize before or after a certain time.


Whatever areas we neglect, will remain neglected or become an burden for someone else. I Self control in all of these areas is key.


Get Organized

Planners

Planners have helped me stay on top of appointments, dinner dates with friends and keeps track of deadlines. There's tons of stores that have cute and affordable ones. Check out WalMart, Target, Ollies, Wegmans or any stationary store to find one that fits your personality. I personally love thick hardcover journals. I usually fall in love with anything decorated with stripes, dots, positive sayings, or my new favorite color turquoise.


Cork Boards

These are great for vision boards or to be organized. I pin recipes, blog ideas and quotes on mine. Want to be organized in style? Customize plain push pins with rocks, buttons, marbles, or paint with nail polish and lightly sprinkle with glitter.


Alarm Clock

No need to buy this one, it's right on your phone. Set an alarm hours (YES HOURS, lol) before you have to be somewhere. I recommend two hours - you know, just in case the kids decide to have a food fight at breakfast and their clothes have to be changed. Okay, maybe not a food fight, lol, but it sure looks that way sometimes. Also, it'll give you time to get to your destination without turning into an nascar driver.


I love to get up early in the morning before every is up, around 5am. The kids and hubby are sound asleep. I can get quiet time with God, read and mediate on what God speaks to me. Not only that, I realize when I have time to myself, I am a much nicer person. I'll be honest, getting up early is still a struggle at times... but when I'm up early, I feel refreshed and ready to take on anything that comes my way.


In a nutshell, eliminate distractions, do only what you can do. Ask God to help you and give you wise strategies on how to accomplish any task that comes your way.


Ephesians 5:15-17 "So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is."


James 4:13-14 Now listen, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town, stay there a year, conduct business, and make money. You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.


-Erica