In Part 1, we talked about two simple yet effective tips to take back time in our lives. First and foremost we need to meet with God. With His help, we can then create our own Mission Statement.
This week we will continue to find ways to create more margin in our lives so we can experience more joy, impact and balance.
The 5th Commandment
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God…For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. ~Exodus 20:8-11
1. Schedule Unscheduled Time
Helpful Example: I met a financial planner who organized his calendar by three different types of days: work days, buffer days, and free days. The buffer days he did clean-up tasks like organizing his office, writing thank-you notes, or making calls he had been pushing back. His free days were to do absolutely anything he wanted.
This may not work for everyone, but you get the idea of how he scheduled “unscheduled” time into his life. Maybe all you need is a couple of hours spread throughout the week. Figure out what works best for you.
Our culture glamourizes busyness and wealth, so it’s easy to forget the importance of rest. But God himself included it in the 10 Commandments.
When I take this time and surrender it all to God, he multiplies my productivity and clarity in the week to follow.
- Resting looks different to all of us. What is it that lets you truly rest?
- What day this week can you rest? Schedule it on your calendar.
One of the reasons my week after a Sabbath rest is so productive and clear is because during my time of rest, I reflect on the previous week to see what the Lord has taught me. I keep a journal and make notes about what I did well and where I was lacking. During my reflection I can review my goals and make appropriate changes to my actions or maybe attitude.
- Where did you excel this last week?
- Where were you lacking and what did you learn?
- What will you change for this next week?
If you are looking to add more time into your day but don’t know how to do it, a Halftime Coach may be just what you need. Try a free hour of coaching to see if we are a fit for you by scheduling a call with Rhonda Kehlbeck.