Now granted a few of those things on that list are part of my daily routine, including writing, a bit of study and reading, as well as, baking and sewing, in fits and spurts. But why is it, we can’t seem to find time to do all those other things we’d like to do? It seems like time works against us! In fact, it’s easy to personify time, allowing us to blame “it” for all our issues with not getting things done, while we get frustrated, rant, and attempt to manipulate it! Time, it seems, “forces” us to make decisions to complete those things we must accomplish, and ultimately place on the back burner those things we’d like to do!
Life seems to have other plans for our time! But if time is causing us to sacrifice those things and activities we value, isn’t time also the culprit in defining who we are or who we could become should we be able to participate in those things we’d like to do?
It’s been said “You make time for the things you’d really like to do.” I suppose that is true, to a point. It ultimately comes down to picking and choosing what you will do, when you have a dream list, as I do, that is ridiculously long. A person must prioritize those things that can be accomplished in life right where we are, with available finances and resources. It’s also true if we were to sit down and seriously look at the ways we “waste time” during any given day, chances are we’d be surprised at the many ways we spend precious minutes we can never reclaim.
I admit I loved being a student in college. I love to learn, but there is no way I can realistically accomplish my list unless I have some kind of long term plan that will allow me, at least to some degree, tap into all those things I desire to learn and do! I must reflect and account for how I spend my “free” minutes. Do I spend unnecessary time in front of the television, playing on face book, or otherwise waste time? Once I answer these questions, I need to create a short-term goal list and follow up with a long-term list. What do I want to accomplish and in what time frame? What legacy do I want to leave? Am I doing all I can to make time work for me rather than allowing time to cause me to sacrifice those things and activities I value?
I challenge you to consider the same questions I am considering. Share your thoughts on how you manage time so you can do all (or even most!) of the activities you consider important in your life!