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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to Reclaim Your Time in a World that NEVER Stops

When I dropped my four year old son off to daycare and quickly found the exit, one of the teachers ran behind me yelling, “Ms. Peters…..Ms. Peters!” I thought my kid was already misbehaving before I left the building, but I was wrong. The teacher whispered, “Your shirt is buttoned incorrectly.” The feelings of frustration and embarrassment overwhelmed me as I quickly said, “thank you.” On my 20 minute drive to work I cried uncontrollably, I felt like that was my sign from God.  I realized time is running me instead of me running it. Since that day, I came up with 4 ways I plan to reclaim my time and enjoy my family while paying close attention to me (like aligning the buttons on my shirt correctly J).

 Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Praying centers me quickly, it takes my focus off of worry, time and my limitations (as a wife and mother) and propels me to focus on God’s word.

Create a daily blueprint (Habakkuk 2:2)

Asking myself how I want the end of the day to look will help keep me focused on daily tasks. I always use a to-do list consisting of no more than 5 things a day and it has been a successful plan.

Get quiet (Job 6:24)

In the quiet moments I hear God more than ever. This means not listening to the radio on my drive to work and turning the TV off while in bed to reflect on my day.

Avoid drama and Time Stealers: (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
For some reason I always seem to get caught up in drama. I think I have a sign on my forehead that states, “Come and tell me all of your problems, I have the solutions.” Instead of politely saying, “I understand” and removing myself from the situation, I feel the need to comfort and listen to others. This takes time away from what I should really focus on and subconsciously affects my mood for the rest of the day.  My new rule is 3 minutes. I allow the individual a few minutes and if it is not leading to successful outcome or God centered conversation, I remove myself.

What are some things you do to reclaim your time? I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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  1. A great time saving tip post, my friend. Rich wisdom in these suggestions. Sharing!

  2. Dawn, thank you so much for leaving a comment. I look forward to staying connected.