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I don’t have time.

It’s so easy for us to overschedule ourselves to the point that we think we don’t have time. We don’t have time to escape for a weekend and enjoy friends, we don’t have time to work out, we don’t have time to meal prep in order to make healthy meals for ourselves and our families, we don’t have time to just sit on the couch and relax.

In this world with as fast as we move and with all the stuff that’s going on around us all the time, I feel like we’ve fallen into an over-scheduling trap. We have let our priorities get out of order. When we don’t manage our time correctly, we get so bogged down and so miserable because we don’t have the time to do the things that we truly want to be doing.

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The things that are most important to me are: My time with God, my time with my family, my time to workout, my time to eat clean and meal prep and to sit on the couch. Yes, I love to sit on the couch and watch a movie. If I want to have time to do the things I love each and every day, it takes intentional planning. We often let other things that are not as important steal that time away from where we truly want to be spending it. We only have 24 hours in the day, right? And a lot of those hours, we’re sleeping. If you want time for the things that are highest on your priority list, you’ve got to make it.

I get asked all the time why I wake up at 5am to do my workouts. Well, because I’m making time for them. If I didn’t get up until 7am each day, I really might not have enough time in the day for my workouts. It’s important to me so I make the time for it. The same thing applies with family time. We have game nights often because it’s scheduled time that allows us to all be together and enjoy each other’s company. It’s intentional. We literally put it on the calendar. I’m sure there are some moms out there who can relate to this. My boys are getting older and they’re getting more and more into sports. Anyone who has kids who are into sports knows, it can completely take over your life. Between practices and games and tournaments… it’s a lot. Even with the craziness of their baseball schedules, we’re able to find time each week to have dinner together and have game night. No, it’s not every night, unfortunately. But you can be darn sure that when the opportunity presents itself, we have dinner together and we spend time together.

It’s pretty easy to use the excuse that you don’t have time. The truth is, the time exists, you just have to make it. Here’s a couple of tips for making time in your life.

  1. Sit down and make a list of your priorities. Decide what the most important things are that you need to spend time on each week and then dedicate time to it in order of priority.
  2. Say no sometimes. I used to be the yes girl. Yes to everything! Then I realized I was doing a lot of things that I didn’t want to do and I was resentful because of it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to do things with a resentful heart. I want to do them with a giving heart and a heart of service.
  3. Get real. Honestly look at areas of your day where you could make more time for the things you claim are most important to you. There is enough time in the day, it’s just a matter of finding opportunities and prioritizing.

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Don’t be a victim. Really stop and think about where you’re spending your time and what you could cut out in order to make time for things that are most important. I promise you, it’s possible. And more than that, I promise you, when you figure out how to be truly intentional with your time, you’ll have an abundance of it. It’s crazy how that works.

I hope this helps you. I hope it blesses you today. You don’t have to be an excuse-driven person. You can be intentional with your time. Remember- progress matters. Every step we take is progress and it matters.

Y’all have a blessed day!

-Christy