A few weeks ago, I told my husband I felt pulled in a hundred different directions. Not just during certain hours of the day, but all the time. I knew something needed to change, but wasn’t sure how to proceed.
In August, I counted the weeks until school began, thinking I would have more time to do all the things that demanded my attention. Then, the first few weeks of classes came and went, and I still found myself wishing there were more hours in the day. On top of kids’ activities, housework, book marketing and other things that required my time, we also adopted a new dog.
And guess what? If to try to put time with your puppy on the back burner, you will pay for it. Our chewed up furniture can attest to this truth.
When I heard about Morgan Tyree’s new book, Take Back Your Time, I immediately thought to myself, “This is a book I need.”
I felt like God was throwing me a lifeline, and hoped all my time management problems would miraculously be solved. While the book is filled with amazing insights about how to get a better grasp on your time and to fulfill your God-given purposes, here’s what I’m discovering: managing your time takes work and commitment. It will not happen simply because you want it to.
But you know what else is true? Managing our time is not as complicated as we often think. As Morgan points out in her book, it starts with identifying the season we’re in and what our purposes and priorities are for that season.
Often, the stress in our life comes from clutter.
However, clutter is not limited to the physical. We can also be weighed down with mental and emotional clutter, which can be equally, if not more, devastating to achieving our goals and living a healthy life.
Morgan encourages her readers to start prioritizing their time by listing three to five life purposes for their current season. These do not have to be complex. When I read the list of hers for her current season, I found mine to be similar. Hers included home, family, work and volunteering, with various goals or priorities listed under each one.
When we determine our purposes and priorities, we can also identify things that eat up our time.
Often, these things don’t fall in line with our purposes for our current chapter of life. Some of these items may need to be pruned or eliminated. Others may need to be deferred for a later season. We can also create a schedule, where we divide our time and leave room for rest, play and vacation.
As I began to implement the strategies outlined in Morgan’s book, I felt empowered. Instead of feeling defeated by lack of time and wishing I had more of it, I saw the areas that were pulling me away from what truly mattered. I began logging the amount of time I spent on activities during the week, and instead of asking where my time went, I was able to see it. With this knowledge, I was able to better schedule and prioritize it.
Slowly, I’m realizing time doesn’t have to be my enemy. If I work with it and learn my limitations, it can be my friend.
What about you? Do you find yourself at the end of each day wishing you had more time? Or perhaps you have too much time, and you’re not sure what to do with it. Oh, how I envy you! In either case, I recommend getting yourself a copy of Morgan Tyree’s book, Take Back Your Time. It is a useful tool for anyone looking to get a better handle on his or her routines, schedule, and day to day priorities.
I am giving away a copy of Take Back Your Time to one of my readers! To enter, comment on this post. You can be entered multiple times by sharing this post on social media, forwarding it to a friend, or subscribing to my email list. I will announce the winner on Thursday, October 10th.
Take Back Your Time is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.
About the Author
Morgan Tyree earned her BS degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on small business and entrepreneurship from the University of Oregon and has worked in the fields of marketing, management, and human resources. She blogs weekly at Morganize With Me (www.morganizewithme.com) and contributes monthly to the popular blog I’m an Organizing Junkie. She and her husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado.