I don’t know anyone who says there are just too many hours in the day, and they don’t know what to do with all their free time. Our culture seems to admire busyness, but if we’re going to reach our dreams, we need to learn how to step out of busyness and into living out our purpose.
Make Your Goals a Priority. Faith and family definitely need to stay at the top of the priority list, but if our dreams are important to us, we need to make sure they’re not getting buried by less important things. Once you’ve identified your priorities, determine a specific time and space for accomplishing them.
Learn to Say No. Give someone else an opportunity to host that get-together or to chair that committee. Try making a list of the areas in your life where you want to spend your time. When someone asks you to add something new to your schedule, refer back to your list before making a decision.
Identify Time Zappers. Sometimes I waste precious time without even realizing it. Keep a log of where you spend your time for two days. It may reveal time wasters you hadn’t noticed. After we identify those things, we can put measures in place to control them. Set a timer by your computer while you’re searching on the internet. Only allow yourself to watch shows you’ve recorded on DVR instead of surfing channels. Turn off your cell phone during certain hours of the day.
Does busyness threaten to keep you from reaching your dreams? How do you protect your time?