Time Management for Someone Who Has No Time
Many people have approached me over the last two weeks asking if I had quit my full-time job as the graphic designer of the LEAF Council, even though I haven't and don’t plan to for a while. If my boss had her way I would never leave, and it feels good to be wanted. =) However, working a full-time job, having a side business, working out like it’s a part-time job because my metabolism is as slow as molasses, plus being heavily involved in my church through a couple different ministries, on top of just keeping up with simple daily house chores makes for a very busy life. Oh yeah and I have family, friends and of course a husband to spend time with too. So am I crazy? Yeah probably, but thankfully God has given me the strength and wisdom to make it, at least for now, haha.
I know I am technically new to all of this business stuff, I mean I just got my official DBA certificate in the mail this past weekend! (Picture below) But I have been doing this “living a busy life” thing for quite a while now and I do feel like I have learned some things from it that I would love to share with anyone who would like to listen.
Here are 6 suggestions to help you manage your very precious and little time.
1. PUT GOD FIRST
This is certainly something I haven’t always done well, but since I really started pursuing this business I have been more intentional about. Matthew 6:33 says “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” I am taking this scripture slightly out of context, but I do believe it can be applied to a lot of issues in life. If you put God first, he will make everything else fall into place and will give you the time you need. I also pray every morning that the Lord would somehow bring more hours into a day and help me to be super productive, haha.
2. BE EFFICIENT
This is one I actually love doing. I love killing two birds with one stone and multi-tasking in creative and efficient ways. It brings me such joy when I accomplish so much in such little time. I get this trait from my mother all the way and I am thankful to her for it =). For example, this past weekend my husband was asked to play at a super fancy mansion that is a Bed and Breakfast for dinner guests so I wanted to spend time with him but also had several drift projects due. I decided I could bring my macbook and tools and work while listening to him play. It worked out marvelously. Another way I love maximizing my time is by using my lunch breaks from work to not eat lunch but do more productive things. I love to either go for a run, go grocery shopping or have a mini photo shoot outside while there is still daylight since it is very hard for me to find time to do these things after work. Another more simple way of multi-tasking is folding laundry while watching HGTV. =)
3. SAY GOODBYE TO NETFLIX
Speaking of HGTV, Ry and I decided in the Spring to cancel our subscription to Netflix mainly because of money. We are trying to find any way we can to save money to get out of debt quicker. Well this was certainly something good for us, not just because of saving money, but also because of saving time. Instead of watching an hour-long show, why not do something creative for an hour? (This does not apply to The Walking Dead- I will ALWAYS watch the Walking Dead and never multi-task while i am doing so, haha). But anyways, I typically only watch tv two different times in a day. The first is when I eat breakfast, I watch Good Morning America . The second is during dinner, I watch World News. (Yes, I shamefully admit that Ryan and I are those people who eat dinner sitting on the couch. I promise when we have kids this will change!) =) I also eat very quickly and always have somewhere to be so I probably only watch about 10 minutes of tv during those times depending on the day. A couple weeks ago Ryan and I switched Internet providers to TWC to save money and by doing that they by accident gave us more channels to our measly 17 in our basic cable plan! Woohoo! So I was pretty pumped because we now have HGTV! This is especially cool because we are starting to look for a house to buy and I need to learn so much about home ownership as well as fixing/repairing/decorating, etc. So I told a lady I work with who is a news junkie that since I have HGTV, that is what I am going to watch during breakfast and dinner so she needs to inform me with what is going on in the world everyday. ;) But my point to all of this tip is to get rid of the time wasters in your life like Netflix, Facebook newsfeed browsing, and so many others.
4. SAYING "NO" IS OKAY
As life got busier and busier I did realize that I needed to really prioritize my commitments and think about stopping some of them. I decided to take a step back in some of my ministries within our church. However, I never stopped attending church on Sundays. I believe that is extremely important and necessary for a successful life. But I did take a break from our praise dance team and lessened my responsibilities with our campus ministry. This was really great for me. It doesn’t mean I can’t start them back up again someday but this season in my life I need more time for other things.
5. PLAN REST DAYS
The other day I got some great wisdom from a friend of mine who is a successful business owner. He was explaining how incredibly busy he is with his business as well. He explained that how right now since his business started only a few years ago that he has planned to be extremely busy and push really hard for the first 5 years of his business and then he will start relaxing more and letting up. This really spoke to me because it can be really overwhelming when you think about everything that needs to be done and how it seems unending. But if you set a goal and make some sort of timed plan where you push really hard then after that time, you can take some steps back and rest. This concept is true even on a much smaller scale too. In the Bible ,God commands us to rest on the Sabbath Day. I am not good at resting unless it’s planned resting. So I decided to make sure I push really hard throughout the week and even most of the weekend but plan that Sundays are my days to rest. This is when I spend time with my family and my husband and it really is just so important. I have to be honest, it doesn’t happen every Sunday but I do try my best to keep it a priority.
6. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF (SLEEP IS NECESSARY)
I used to not get much sleep. I really can function on 4 hours every night if I have to, but I know it’s not good for me. When I started getting serious about losing weight, I found in my research that sleeping at least 7 hours a night is very helpful with weight loss. God created us so that we need sleep, so we should get sleep. I feel so much better now that I get 6-7 hours of sleep every night and I know I am certainly more productive now. This is true with your health all the way around. Working out, eating right, and sleeping will give you more energy, and in the long run, will make you more productive.
So there are my 6 steps of managing your very precious time! There is so much more you can do too but these are the 6 most important things that I have found to be most beneficial to me. So, thank you for taking the time to read my post and I hope you have an amazing week! Make sure to spend your time wisely! =)
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