How to Make Time {For the Things You Really Want To Do}

Are you running on empty?

Do you have a list of things that you'd love to do for YOU?  I don't know say for example some Bible time, exercise time, meal planning time, spouse time, kid time, quiet time, reading time, friend time etc? Your list is long and your needs are great. You want to be better. You want to feel better about your decisions as a parent and a spouse. You want to feel more confident in your day to day actions.  You want to go to bed at night thinking, "Man, I kicked ass today. Let's try to repeat that tomorrow." But tomorrow comes and you fall even further away from the feeling that you spent any time on something that mattered to you. 

You need more time.

So how do you make time for the things that you really want to do? 

  1. Pick one thing. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with all the amazing things that we want to incorporate into our lives that we feel we can't make time for any of it! Personally, I've been on a mission to spend time with my Bible every day. I used to make the excuse that it had to be in the morning only. My son had to still be in bed. My husband had to have left for work. I had to have my coffee in my certain cup (so if that cup was dirty then it was game over). I had to spend at least 30 minutes reflecting on the Word. I could make excuse after excuse. And eventually, I was never reading my Bible. So one day, I decided that was enough. It had to be done. No more excuses. Sometimes my son is awake. Yes he interrupts me but I'm working with him on taking his Bible out too. Sometimes my husband is still home. Why should I be embarrassed of reading my Bible in front of him? Sometimes it's the afternoon. The morning just didn't work out. And sometimes that favorite coffee mug is in the dishwasher. But making that time has been too valuable to not let it happen anymore. So go on, pick your ONE thing
  2. Be ok with letting something go. I'd love to make sure this mom gets alone time and quiet time every single day. That's not happening. I need to accept it. I need to embrace my current life the way it is (filled with Disney songs on repeat if you must know). I can't let myself get worked up about not getting this time in anymore. Check in with me in 20 years. We will see where we are at by then. 
  3. If you really want it, then just do it. Yes, if you REALLY want to make something happen in your life, I encourage you to just start doing it. Make the time for it. Get off of Facebook. Turn off the TV. Let the house get messy. If you really, really want to make something happen, I am confident that you have the time. You just have to decide how bad you want it.
  4. And finally, stop talking and put some action into your life. I don't know how often I find myself caught up in conversation (with myself) about all these things I want to do. This grand list of events that need to happen in my life. This amazing plan that "should" be worked on. Stop yapping. Start doing. You'd amaze yourself with what you can accomplish. 

What about you? How do you make time for the things that you really want to do? I'd love to hear it and I'm sure others would too!