Rush, rush, rush! “There just isn’t enough time in the day.” It often seems to me that everyone is operating as if the clock is their enemy. I often hear others say “I wish there was more time in the day.” or “I just don’t have time to get it all done.”
Everywhere I look, not only is everyone working against the clock, but everyone is so busy. Busy is worn as a badge in our culture. There is an underlying belief that if one is busy then one is valuable, more valuable even then if they are not busy.
I think the combination of overbooking our time, combined with believing that time is scarce, creates undesirable results in our lives. This duo adds to the following results in many lives:
- Feeling like you are not enough, feeling despair, or hopelessness
- Replacing the most important things with too many less important things
- The family suffering because not enough quality time is spent together
- Feelings of anxiety because too much stress hormone is being produced in the body
- Poor sleep and eating habits
- Looking for relief by turning to overuse of screens or substance abuse
I would like to propose that by simply choosing to believe that time is on your side, you will see the immediate result of increased well being in your life. Instead of thinking “I don’t have enough time in the day”, try the thought “I have enough time to do all that is most important.” Trade in the thought “I can’t get it all done.” for “I have the exact amount of time I need.” or “I have the perfect amount of time.”
Some other practical ideas to try if you feel like the clock is not on your side are…
- Make short to-do lists each day—only four or five items.
- Make a list of your priorities from most to least and eliminate the bottom one or two or more.
- Imagine in five, ten, or even 30 years from now the kind of person you want to be. Eliminate anything that isn’t contributing to this person.
- Create a margin in your day, meaning leave time in your day that isn’t planned.
I believe that by coming from a place of abundance in relation to the amount of time in my day, I show up more productive rather than less. When time becomes abundant to us we may fear that we will become lazy and just binge-watch Netflix all day. I have found the opposite is true. I become a more patient mom and a more loving wife. I don’t rush past people. I look them in the eye and smile instead.
God works all things for our good including time!
Give it a try!