The irony that this post about time management is coming to you at 10pm, instead of 10am, is not lost on me. With two littles to take care of and running two businesses from home, time management is a constant pull. I'm often reevaluating processes, organizational systems and rearranging things to work in a more efficient manner.
In most recent seasons of life, I've allowed myself to learn the art of saying "no". Almost to a fault...when looking at my scheduled, my responsibilities and the tasks being asked of me - instead of even trying to maneuver things to fit, my "no" has become a swift answer. Most women have a problem saying no. As natural people-pleasers, we don't want to let anyone down. This is not my problem in the least. I know my most important priorities, and I know how far to extend myself.
However, recently, God has been asking me to reevaluate my systems once again, and to reevaluate my plate. He's been calling me to manage the things I have in my hands to see if they're the things He wants in my hands. None of them are bad, but they all take time, and every one of us knows that time is the greatest commodity of life. Time dictates purpose and what of that can be fulfilled.
Zig Ziglar says this "People often complain about lack of time when the lack of direction is the real problem".
Such truth here. We all have the same amount of time, yet not everyone of us have the focused direction needed to fulfill the purposes God intended for our lives. So, while I don't have tips and tricks for you today to get more out of the 24 hours you have each day. I do have a challenge for you to reevaluate what's on your plate, what fills your hands. Is your time spent being busy, or is it spent fulfilling your purpose in your current place? If not, then be ok with letting go, even of good things, to fulfill the greater plan God's got for YOU to do.