What’s Sucking Up Your Time?

Do You Know What’s Sucking Up Your Time?

clock-blogWe live in hectic times and our most precious commodity is and always will be time. You can’t grow more of it and when it’s gone you can’t get it back.

How often do you tell yourself that you can’t do what you want to do because you don’t have the time? We all do it. We want to live with more purpose, volunteer, or simply spend more quality time with our family and friends, but there just isn’t enough time to do it.

The cold hard truth is that there is plenty of time. It’s simply a matter of prioritizing what you spend it on and cutting out some of the things that suck up your time. We all have them and, while the specifics may be different from person to person, the solution is the same for everyone. Find out where you spend your time and then make educated decisions on what’s important and what isn’t.

One of the best tools for figuring out exactly where you’re spending your time is a time journal. This can be a simple little notebook, a stack of scrap paper, an Evernote doc on your phone, or a spreadsheet on your computer.

Next start writing down what you’re doing every 15 minutes from the time you get up to the time you go to sleep. Keep this up for about a week and see what you come up with.

Reviewing your time log can be a real eye opening experience!

You may discover that you spent a lot more time on the computer doing busy work, or surfing the web than you realize. Or maybe you had no idea that you spent an average of four hours a night watching TV, or 2 hours per day commuting to and from work. In other words, you’ll start to recognize patterns of behavior and where you tend to spend your time.

While there are quite a few areas that we don’t have a lot of control over (you have to show up for work or school, make time for personal hygiene, and get some sleep), there are quite a few hours in each day that we can fill however we like.

Keeping a time log for a week or two provides you with the information you need to be able to make educated and conscious choices about how to spend that time. That in turn allows you to live more purposefully, no matter what your goals and aspirations are. Sometimes, you want to sleep in, spend the day reading or playing video games, or simply daydream and that’s ok. It’s a great way to unwind, distress, and recharge. On other days, you may choose do so something more active or social.

The point is that when you become aware of how and where you’re spending your time, you have more control and can be more intentional with how you spent it.

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Living on Purpose

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It seems as if there are a lot of people feeling an emptiness these days, kind of like being hollowed out. Could it be that they just haven’t found their calling; their purpose? I’ve experienced it myself in the past, which is the reason I hope this post can be of benefit to someone else.

Finding and following your calling is a big part of living with purpose. Finding that calling though, can be a pretty intimidating task, particularly if you put yourself under pressure to come up with the perfect answer right here and right now.

While it’s a goal worth pursuing, it’s also important to realize that it may take time to find your calling. It’s a process that will develop over time, and one that you can’t force. In fact, you shouldn’t. A much better plan of action is to take it one step and one day at a time until your calling becomes clear.

I believe the first, most important step is to get clear about what you really want.

Start With What’s Important To You

A great place to start is to think about what’s important to you. It doesn’t have to be huge or all-consuming. Start with something small. Find a cause you feel drawn to and do what you can to support it. Volunteer … learn more about it and share what you’re learning with others. Support organizations financially if you can.

Maybe this means knitting baby hats for preemies at your local hospital. Or making blankets for the homeless. Maybe it means spending time with an elderly neighbor, or maybe it means saving up for a mission trip next summer.

The most important thing is to simply start and do something. It’s good for your happiness and your health!

 

Purveyor

I truly hope that your new year is starting out with all the good stuff that life brings!

Everyone who follows my blog and my other social media outlets knows that I’m not a purveyor of negative news and I don’t plan to start now. It’s just that there are some big changes heading our way, not just here in the U.S., but all throughout our environment, all over this planet.

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The Earth herself is changing and so are we. We are all energy … and there are waves of energy hitting our planet now that are huge. This energy has been with us for a while and is increasing at this time. Have you felt out of sorts lately? Many people I speak with are feeling it. In fact, it affected how lots of us felt about this past Christmas. This particular holiday, even more so than others, is all about buy, buy, buy. I just can’t get into that mode anymore. Most of my friends said the same thing. The majority of us realize that the buy, buy, buy mentality is over. Yeah, it’s great to give gifts but let it be because you think that gift will make someone feel good, not because the pressure of the holiday season is upon you. My facebook news feed was filled with wishes of love for family and friends, and not one mentioned what they “got” for Christmas. It was truly wonderful.

But back to the changes. Whatever happens, be it earth changes, political structures, monetary impacts, try not to be in fear. Maybe nothing will happen of a huge consequence. I hope not. That’s all I can say. Just know that you have a force that is bigger and walks beside you … always. Trust in that. Trust in your powers of highest discernment and assist others to do the same.

Do I believe in being prepared with extra water, food, and life’s necessities? Absolutely!

God bless you. Namaste’

 

Stay Thirsty

Maya Angelou is one of my very favorite authors.  She said, “When you learn, teach.  When you get, give.”  I believe she’s right.  I, for one, am learning more than I ever imagined from my fellow bloggers.  Some teach me new recipes, some new photo techniques, and some teach special lessons for living that always seem to “show up” when I need them most.  Maybe I need to give more attention to sharing what I know to be true.  I will endeavor to do that, starting right now.  One of the things I practice daily is Ho’oponopono. If any of you are already practicing it, be sure to let me know in the comments.  I’d love to hear from you!

Today’s photo reminds us to stay thirsty for knowledge.  But remember to stay physically hydrated, too 🙂  Namaste’