Do you ever feel like there just isn’t enough time? Maybe the to-do list is longer than your day.
We all feel like this from time to time. Different seasons of our lives bring added responsibilities and new opportunities.
But I don’t think that it is healthy to stay in a state of overwhelm where we never feel like there is enough time.
In the past few years, I’ve been convicted that God has given us exactly the right amount of time that we need to accomplish the things HE wants us to do!
In my own life I have found that being too busy boils down to two things. Today, I’m sharing those two things along with ways to combat them.
A) You Are Doing More Than You Need To Be Doing.
- Realize you are not super woman. No one is! Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you have to “do all the things”. You will accomplish more and perform better if you focus on doing a few things really well instead of many things.
If you have never written down your top 5 priorities, I encourage you to do that. If you are spending too much time on things that are not part of your top 5 priorities, it is time to cut back. I wrote about how I cut back when I shared how I keep my life balanced.
- Stop trying to be perfect. I learned the value in “good enough” after becoming a mom. My house is not perfect, but I do manage to keep it tidy. My blog is not winning any awards for sure, but I try to consistently share valuable information with the resources I have. Give things your best effort, but don’t demand perfection when it is not needed.
- Stop doing things to please others. Sometimes we over load our schedules out of guilt because we have a hard time saying “no”.
In the book Boundaries* by Gary Chapman. He referenced the verse Matthew 5:37 “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”
How many times have you told someone yes, but in your heart, you wanted to say no? If you are doing something just to make someone else happy, than you ought to say no.
This used to be really hard for me to do. But the more that I say no, the easier it gets. And it has allowed me to say yes to things that I truly want to do!
Here are some tips for learning to say no.
1. Let the person know that you need to speak to your spouse first. Your spouse may be the one who will tell them no.
2. Tell the person that you need a few days, and you will get back to them. This gives you time to really think about what your answer should be and help you build confidence to say no if you need to.
3. Send them a text or email. It is easier than answering over the phone or face to face, and you won’t feel like you have to defend your decision.
4. Thank them for asking, but politely tell them now is not a good time.
5. Refer them to someone else that you know would be able to meet their need.
B) You Aren’t Using Your Time Effectively.
- Track your time. In the book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode* author Crystal Paine suggests stopping every 30 minutes and write down what you are doing for an entire day.
Wow! That activity is an eye opener!
Tracking everything you do for a day will help you discover just how much time you are spending on things that you don’t need to be doing. When I tracked my time, I discovered just how much time I was spending on housework, social media, and watching TV instead of playing with my son.
I was able to see that I was wasting my time on a lot of unimportant tasks. If you would like to track your time, print off my Time Tracker, set an alarm on your phone to go off every 30 minutes, and record what you are doing.
- Make a to-do list and tackle one thing at a time. One of the best ways to get things done is to simply focus on one task at a time and completing it instead of starting 5 different projects and never completing them.
Since reading Eat That Frog* I have implemented the following strategy. I make a list of all the tasks that I need to accomplish. Next, I number the most important tasks 1, 2, and 3.
Then I complete those tasks in order. If there is still time, I find the next most important tasks on my list and label them 4, 5, and 6. I complete those tasks in order. Again not moving from one task until it is complete.
Here’s what that looks like at home.
- Follow Routines. When you follow routines, you train your body and mind to complete specific tasks each day. These habits give you focus and help you accomplish more in less time.
If you have read my blog for a while, you know I LOVE routines! They have literally changed my life, allowed me free time, and helped me embrace my role as a homemaker.
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