In my last post, I threw in some thoughts about managing time, and in this post I want to tie it all together. I want to get away from the list layout and just provide a few thoughts.
We are busy. It’s 2017, and until we either go through a massive cultural change or a hundred years of tiny changes goes by, that’s what we have to deal with in America. But the busyness doesn’t have to own us. We can learn to live well despite it.
Some people go for simplicity. I say, why not if you can swing that? It’s valuable to live with less, and when we buy less stuff we need less money, and maybe we don’t need to bust our butts working 80 hours a week.
But maybe that’s not your problem. Maybe you just like filling your schedules like I do. Maybe you’re in the busyness rut because you feel like the only way to feel accomplished or content is if you’re proving you’re doing things. I struggle with that myself, but maybe you can stop living for social media. Maybe you can stop saying yes to everything just because you feel too guilty to say no. Maybe you just have to realize that now is not the season for that one particular thing.
Or maybe you’re in a season of life where you have little choice in your schedule. You have to work two jobs to make ends meet, or to stay in college, or you went back to school so you can make enough money to only have to work one job. If you are busy because of your sacrifices, then I salute and thank you for what you’re doing. And I want to remind you, it isn’t forever. The fact that you’re reading this blog right now means you’re looking for a better quality of life in the meantime with what little margin you have, so I hope I can help with that.
But don’t try to do it all. Delegate what you can, and let the rest go. Do the things that matter, spend time with what matters – people – and utilize the tips and tricks I’ll give you on Words on Paper (Check out the Life Balance Page for all of them) to still do a lot of the necessities without having to spend a lot of time on them.