Welcome to the Beyond $28,000 A Year series–the story of how our family is learning to live a “MORE” life. Click here to read more posts in this series.
Read the original $28,000 series here.
So far in this series I have talked about Finding Passion, Desiring More, Finding Inspiration, and Defining More. Each of these steps in my journey has enabled me to expand my thinking to do more, be more and live more , but I realized quickly that if I want “more”, I have to make room for it by getting my life in order.
In order to make room for more of what God has for me I have to make time to connect with Him and to my own creativity. As I mentioned in my previous post, I primarily make this connection by doing a morning Brain Dump, art journaling, praying throughout the day and reading the Bible.
As I make a conscious effort to tap into my spirituality and creativity, I grow closer to God and closer to who He created me to be.
It is so easy to just let life happen and to get busy doing the things that are urgently pulling at us. I have found that I have to be diligent to plan so that my life isn’t hijacked by things that seem important but don’t really help me to accomplish my goals.
I have to plan exercise time. I have to plan date time with my husband and individual time with each of my children. I have to plan to work on my business. Planning enables me to live life intentionally, not accidentally.
To focus on what is truly important, I make a Weekly Plan which I divide into five categories: Personal, People, Purpose, Passion and Projects. You can view my Weekly Plans here.
Planning is important, but I also have to prioritize. I can quickly fill my schedule with “good” activities, but in the process I can easily miss the most important tasks.
One of the most important areas for me to prioritize is sleep. When I am tired I am grumpy, unable to make decisions and more likely to participate in self-destructive behaviors like overeating.
As you may have read in my post 3 Ways to Make Goals Work for You, I have chosen to go to bed later in the past few weeks in order to be more available for my husband and teenagers. I am a morning person and do my best work in the first hours of the day, so I have continued to get up early even though I needed more sleep.
The end result is that I am usually tired in the middle of the day and end up taking a nap a few days a week. I am trying to plan better so that I am available on a few nights when I can sleep later the next day and then go to bed earlier the rest of the week.
Sleep has to be a priority if I want to accomplish more in my life. I can only “burn the candle at both ends” for a short time without seeing serious consequences in my life.
Life is always a balancing act, and when I add something to my life, I have to eliminate something else.
One area that I have severely limited is television viewing. There is nothing inherently wrong with watching television, but it can be a huge time waster.
I have found that I have more hours in my day to pursue my goals and dreams when I avoid watching television altogether. It is very easy to get into a pattern of watching a favorite show and then sitting in front of the tube for hours rather than accomplishing something or going to bed in order to get enough sleep.
So what about you? What can you “tighten up” in your own life in order to be more, do more and live more?
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Mary Kate says
You always have such good stuff- I really appreciate your blog! Whenever I come here it seems that I find something useful that directly applies to my life. Makes for a GREAT motivational morning read! Thanks for what you do!
Thanks for the encouragement Mary Kate!
I definitely need to eliminate facebook time. Like tv, it can be a huge time waster. I’m relational, so I love to follow what people are up to, struggling with, and rejoicing over. I can’t imagine totally eliminating it, as it has become a huge source of communication in today’s society, but I definitely need to learn to limit my time on it. I wonder if I could check it once a day for a half hour, vs every time I walk through the door! This is going to be a challenge!!
That was my thought too Jaime. I would get my calls forwarded to my cell phone. It would definitely help you be more mobile.
Seems I have to plan everything too or it will not happen.
I limit my tv viewing so I have time for other more important to me things. My problem is knowing or realizing that I need to stop folding clothes, check email or just any type of work at night. It seems by the time I notice, it’s already later than I planned to go to bed.
It is SO hard to make time for everything I want to do. I’m a massage therapist in a small business, so most of my days, usually from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., are spent sitting up at the clinic waiting for the phone to ring to get clients. There’s a lot of downtime, but I just know that if I go home and try to clean the house, someone will call while I’m gone. It’s a never-ending cycle, which leaves my house a mess and my husband very lonely.
What I’m trying to do is do all of my fun computer/internet/reading stuff at work during my downtime, and leave the evenings for husband time. We have no kids yet, so I can somewhat justify spending lots of time at work, but finding a happy medium is very hard.
Jaime, is it possible to forward the phone to your cell phone so you can be more mobile, or have business cards printed with your cell phone number? Just a thought.
I believe it is possible, yes. I think I may have to try it. =) Thank you.