Be Intentional With Your Time
It wasn’t until I started listening to the God-Centered Mom Podcasts and following The Tiny Twig that I really started to think about being intentional with my time. It was a concept that deep down, I knew I wanted to adopt. I wanted to live a life where my actions and the commitments that I made brought joy to my life and truly enriched my life – not burdened it.
Being intentional with your time takes a constant stream of honest dialogue with yourself. You have to be prepared to stop “people pleasing” and start being selfish with your time. You have to be selfish as it pertains to yourself, your spouse and your family. You have to guard your time as pertains to your faith.
Being intentional with your time starts with evaluating your current obligations. Determining if something that is taking your time is healthy or harmful is the first action in being intentional with your time. Ask yourself these four questions about each opportunity you are currently engaged in:
- Does the obligation/activity take time away from my family, friends or faith?
- Is the obligation/activity strengthening my relationships with my family, friends and/or God?
- Is the obligation/activity helping others?
- How do I feel when I am fulfilling the obligation? Does it make me excited and energized or is it a burden to be involved and I do I leave feeling “beat up” instead of “built up?”
Once you have evaluated your time obligations using the questions above, decide whether to continue the commitment. Is it something you can pull away from? Can you consolidate your negative obligations to focus on positive ones?
Make the best use of the times, because the days are evil.
Don’t just quit your obligations cold turkey if you have others depending on you, but work to transition out of it so that you may find a more fulfilling and worthy use of your time. Be diligent when making “yes” decisions to demands on your time. Learn when to say “no” to time demands that won’t enrich your life.
Being intentional with your time reduces your stress and offers you an opportunity to live a joyous life. Time for you. Time for your spouse. Time for your children. Time for your family. And time for your faith.
What ways have you tried to be intentional with your time? Has it been successful or unsuccessful?