One thing I’ve discovered in my line of work is when people tell me they don’t have time to meal prep, cook healthy meals, exercise, build relationships, work on mindset…you name it…It’s not a TIME issue. It’s a priority issue.
If exercise is a priority, you'll get up 15-30 minutes earlier. If building relationships is a priority, you'll schedule with someone for a coffee chat or lunch (or even some quiet talk or "listen" time!). If working on your mindset is a priority, you'll read or get professional help (like a coach!) to define what that looks like for you and discover ways to make it happen.
Even personally, if I'm struggling with "finding the time" (what?) to do something, I have a reality check. Is this a priority for me? If not. I'll put it off. If so...I just do it!
Time management. That phrase is...overused, and it's huge right now!
But what does that even mean?
The term “manage” simply means, to bring about success in spite of difficulties. Oh! So time management means the ability to bring about success with your time, in spite of difficulties.
Here’s something I’d like you to consider. Dedicated areas. Yep. If you dedicate specific areas to do specific things, you can prioritize them better, make them more enjoyable, and take the time to get ‘er done with success!
One way to help yourself manage your time better is to keep things separate. If you have a specific area to accomplish a goal, you’ll be able to get your mind dedicated faster to that one task. Create the environment that supports the task so time and energy are not wasted preparing for the task each…time.
For instance, if you really want to be creative, find a space that makes you feel creative, set it up to BE creative, and go to it each time you need that extra creative spark. In that way, you become more in charge of how your time is spent. (Read: Managed)
Below are some examples. Maybe you’ll fail to see “priority” as a label for these, but it’s merely to get you thinking. You're welcome.
A Reading Cubby
You may have had one in elementary school, a little place that you could go for quiet reading time. You can do this at home easily by just setting up a chair in the corner of a living room, bedroom or office that is set up with good light for reading and if necessary the proper electronic components if you want to use a laptop or Kindle.
A Mail Checking Station
This works especially for snail mail and is best if it’s close to the trashcan. Get the mail in, and immediately go through it, tossing the trash, and then taking the mail to the computer in order to schedule, process and pay bills.
Some people cannot afford this but it is something that will truly help you manage your time better. Separate your work computer from your fun computer. At the very least create different sign-ons to your computer: one for work, one for games. This way you won’t be tempted to check work when you’re having fun, or play games when you’re supposed to be working. (Ouch!)
It’s very different to get work done, or even read a book with the TV blaring. Having technology in the bedroom is also not conducive to a good night’s sleep. Consider having the TV in only one room in the house and only using the TV during limited hours.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Eating is a very important part of your day and should be treated as such. If you eat all over your home and office there is no true break or time to digest your food. Take the time to set the table, and eat at the table or breakfast bar in order to differentiate the time spent on eating, versus working, versus play. This one can be hard!
Resting and Sleeping
There is nothing wrong with taking a nap on a rainy Sunday afternoon, but you want to be very careful about sleeping and resting during the workday. Plus, you want to avoid working when you’re supposed to be resting and sleeping. Make your bedroom a peaceful oasis away from the rest and go there when you need a break.
So often, the internet becomes a substitute for true social gatherings and due to it’s easy=access to a social life, it can be all too simple to flow from work to being social accidentally. Like with gaming, set up specific times to be social - whether it’s out of the house, outside of business hours, or on the computer.
Keep the tools that help you prepare and store meals handy. Make sure your kitchen surfaces can be utilized to the max. Plan ahead of time to have everything you need (recipes, foods, etc) on hand. Make your meal prep area fun!
Put your exercise clothes in a specific spot. All you need is as little as a 3x6 or 6x6 space. Have it clear for bodyweight exercises, or with as little as an exercise mat or tubing or…a candle. If you don’t have time and space set aside for exercise, it’s unlikely you will ever do it. Set aside the time, and space, even if you have to go to a new space. Outside or inside, if you get to the new space, you’ll automatically reach your exercise goals because your surroundings will inspire you.
What else? What is a priority for you? Where can you do that best? How will you set up the environment to support it? WHEN will you do it? And there ya go!
I'm going to help you out with a handy tool that will help you designate the time, priorities, space, and what to put in it...for your life. It's called My Time. My Priorities. You can download it HERE.
I am so blessed to be a part of several teams:
- Women's ministry
- Stewardship ministry
- Guest Experience ministry
- Coaching team
What I can tell you is how important it is to work...as a team! Every person has a part to play. Every part is important for the total success. Every success is celebrated by the entire team! It's just amazing!
If you're struggling with being part of a team...whether that's your family, friends, co-workers, or ministry...I'd love to chat with you. This may seem a bit off, but I guarantee you, it's not. Your lifestyle, how you live life every day, is based on your interaction with others. We call them, "relationships." If this area of your life is a challenge for you right now, I'd like to invite you to schedule a 90-minute TRIAGE Session. We'll peel back the curtain for the relationships area of your life, and you'll walk away with a plan and next-steps actions to take immediately.
There's no greater JOY than having great relationships (that includes boundaries!). You can find out more and purchase this session HERE.
Simply scroll down a bit, and you'll see the TRIAGE session listed there.
You ready? Let's DO this...because it's a priority, yes?