I’m 42 years old, and I only recently began to learn how to better use my time. Let’s be honest, we all think we have all the time in the world. Maybe it all started about 5 years ago, when I started watching less tv, and instead I spent more time reading. Maybe, even though I didn’t know it, I was trying to become more conscious. It seems to all be connected when I look back, but at the time I didn’t realize it.
Do we ever? Hell no we don’t! It’s not until later, that we look back and reflect and think “huh, that was the beginning of the change.” When we’re in the moment, we don’t even realize we’re in the moment. I didn’t know that by watching less tv, I was going to eventually be here writing a blog to you. That doesn’t seem to connect does it? No, I don’t think so, not to me anyways, not at the time, but now it does.
You see I think I was living my life yes, but I also think that my life was living me. Does that make sense? I enjoyed my marriage, my family, and my career, and I was lucky to have what I did. However, if I’m being honest, 15 years of marriage has gone by in the blink of an eye. My kids grow daily right in front of me, yet sometimes I’m so preoccupied that I don’t even see them. Everyday I’m getting a little bit older, but I don’t see it until I look back at a picture from a few years ago. I don’t even feel one bit older, in my heart. It’s as young as ever, but my mind and my body tell me a different story.
So I decided it was time to listen. I’ve made some changes over the last few years that have really started to add up. On a daily basis, it doesn’t seem like much, but then a year goes by and I think, “wow, I really made last year my bitch!” (This would be a good thing for those of you trying to understand that statement😀) Getting intentional with my time, has been a good thing, actually it’s been an amazing thing.
We all have the same amount of hours in the day, so we make time for what’s important to us. That’s the bottom line, you can say whatever you want, but how do you spend your time?
Who do you spend your time with? Do your actions align, with your statements? Do you say, my family comes first, when really your career comes first? Do you say your kids come first, when really going to the bar with your friends comes first?
I challenge you to examine yourself, to see where you spend your time. I challenge you to start writing things down and to stick to them. I challenge you to set aside 5 hours a week of intentional time. Plan a family game night, and do it. Plan a date with your husband, and stick to it. Plan a weekly, or monthly girls night, or guys night and have fun. Spend 1 hour a week with your team, planning, dreaming growing and learning. Take time to exercise, on a weekly basis and don’t make excuses! Spend an hour a day on personal development, or even thirty minutes!
Your life will change and so will you, for the better!
Take control of your time, before you run out of time!
Mindset! Abundance! Gratitude! Intentions! Presence!