Take Time to Make Time
It’s so easy to go, go, go. We set goals and work to achieve them. We set more goals before we achieve the previous goals. And the cycle of brain overload gains momentum until we’ve got so many things, albeit even good things, in our heads and on our hearts that we have little to no room to breathe.
Time management is foundational to all healthy behaviors. When you find yourself using “too busy” or “don’t have time” as an excuse, good intentions tend to fall off the rails. The truth is that establishing healthy habits requires practice and intentionality, both of which take time. If you’re filling your time and leaving no margin, then you’ll unlikely be successful at achieving your goals.
Do you have a hard time committing to your own goals and processes?
Do you feel guilty about making time for yourself?
Does your calendar have any white space at all?
Do you feel overwhelmed by all you have to do?
If you don’t like your answers to the above questions, work to develop a strategy for moving forward to change those answers! One of the problems I’ve found with being so wired (with technology) is that our brains are constantly stimulated and we leave very little time for pure thought and reflection. Even in relationships, we might be hanging out with family and friends but we don’t often really connect because we’re too distracted or overwhelmed to truly engage.
My challenge to you is to carve out time for intentional thought. Carve out 10 minutes a day for a week to start. Work on coming up with some goals and then narrow them down to what you want to be your immediate focus (main priority). From that point, start to work on a plan (yep, a real plan with steps to complete). Perhaps you might want to recruit a friend to build in a layer of accountability. Odds are that friend wants to create a bit of margin as well, but might feel overwhelmed as to how to begin.
Take time to make time. You’ll be grateful you did.