I’ve been busy for the past five years. Nonstop. Always busy. On any given day, ask me what I have to do that day, and I can give you a laundry list of at least twenty items that I need to get done. Being busy has become a source of pride in our society. We’re over-committed, have too many things to do and not enough time to do them. But when we over-commit, we sacrifice things that really matter.
We can’t be fully present with our children because we’re thinking about what we still have to get done.
We drive unsafely because we think that ‘wasted’ time must be productive. (I was guilty of doing this until I found Audible. Now I can focus on driving and listening to my book.)
When I started focusing on productivity and not just being busy, though, I had to be very honest with myself and admit that I was actually wasting a lot of time, and that not everything I thought I needed to do really mattered.
Chances are, you’re wasting a lot of time, too. We burn countless hours playing games on our phones, scrolling social media, and zoning out on Netflix binges. I still have that tendency and have to set timers or I’ll blow hours scrolling through Instagram and chasing rabbits that do not add value to my life in any way.
Re-organizing my day and being intentional about how I spend my time has given me more mental clarity so I can get things done faster and more efficiently. Now when I’m done with work, I can be present with my children. I get to enjoy them. I get to be Mommy and not have to multitask as much as I thought I needed to.
If you’re a mom, you probably already realize that our children really do grow so fast. I don’t want to look back on these precious years with regret.
I don’t want to sacrifice the things that matter for the things that kept me busy.
CHALLENGE: I challenge you to log how you spend your time for one week. Take an honest look at how you spend your time. Then decide if how you’re spending your time is acceptable to you. If not, write out your ideal day and start making adjustments. You can use a productivity log like this one from MindTools.com.