We all have 24 hours in each of our days.
How many hours do you have in a week? A month? A year?
Those hours add up. And how we use them and don’t use them, add up as well.
I did a little a math. I added up the hours that I use to accomplish what must be done like sleeping, feeding my family, household responsibilities, homeschooling, spending time with family and other musts. I then added the important outside the home commitments I have like church, soccer, book club, etc. I threw in a few hours for the unexpected because there is always the unexpected. Guess what? There wasn’t much time left over.
Writing and using that writing to encourage other women is something I’ve wanted to do for some time but could never “find” the time to do it.
I finally figured out that I needed to make the time. As I said before, after all the adding up, there wasn’t much time left over. Notice I didn’t say there wasn’t any time left over.
I found a couple of little pockets of time during my week, that if I’m diligent and disciplined, I can use to write. One of those pockets of time I found could only come about if I gave something else up. In Lysa TerKeurst’s book (and inspiration for this series) My Best Yes, she talks about the ‘Overwhelmed Schedule and the Underwhelmed Soul” (chapter 3). She says, “The decisions we make dictate the schedules we keep. The schedules we keep determine the lives we live. The lives we live determine how we spend our souls. So, this isn’t just about finding time. This is about honoring God with the time we have.”
Thursday afternoons have become my little gift of time to me.
I try to block out about 3 hours of writing time (give or take an hour!) on Thursday afternoons. The Hubs watches the kids, plays with them, and puts H down for a nap. I don’t make plans with friends, I don’t do laundry, I don’t go grocery shopping or the million other things that grab my attention. This may be the only time I sit and write all week; but it’s my time. Some weeks, that’s all I have.
This month I am writing every day for this special 31 Days Writing Challenge. I’d love to be able to have writing time set aside every day of the year. In reality, that probably won’t be happening anytime soon. A house with little ones means you must be flexible. It means a lot of sacrifice and often times you, as the parent, comes second.
That’s why I don’t feel guilty about my Thursday afternoons. They are my little gift to me. I am thankful when I get them and I try not to waste the precious minutes.
And when I don’t get my Thursday afternoon writing time? I try to find those minutes somewhere else or I rest in the fact that it wasn’t meant to be that week. I really guard those Thursday afternoons; but some weeks it just ain’t happening, like this week. The Hubs is on a work trip and my Thursday afternoon writing time will probably be done after the kiddos go to bed.
What have you been wanting to do, needing to do, but can’t seem to find the time to do? Reevaluate your schedule and commitments. Search for just a pocket of time each day or each week that you can dedicate to your passion or goal. Now guard that precious pocket of time. Use it and see what happens!
Check out all of my other 31 Days post here.