How you spend your TIME is ultimately how you spend your LIFE.
We don’t do this well – if we do it at all. It’s much easier to protect something that is tangible, right? Take our kids, for instance. You mess with my kids and you’ll get a big, mama dose of something (in a loving way, of course). But you mess with my time, well, I may chose to overlook that.
It’s unnatural to protect our time in a society that teaches us to over-work, over-run and over-deliver. We buy into the lie that the two-letter word “No” is a dirty word. When we use it, that’s how feel -like we’ve just launch a dirty word right out of our Jesus lovin’ mouths.
Protecting our time takes some real intentional effort. Just like anything else worth protecting. Our time is no exception. If we aren’t protecting our time, we aren’t protecting this one life we are given to do something miraculous with.
Protecting our time comes in two parts:
- Clean up – Getting in control of our schedule and eliminating some things that must go. We must protect our time against the things we’ve already let in that we never should have let into our lives.
- Maintenance – Moving forward, we’ve got to put some practices in place to ensure we are evaluating our choices prior to allowing something to enter into our schedule and into our life.
Here’s are two simple steps that you can implement today that will get you started in protecting your time:
- Say “No for now” to any new use of your time or commitment. “No for now” doesn’t mean “no forever”. It just means you are in the clean-up stage, and while you are eliminating some things from your life, you are going to protect your time by not adding anything new onto your already chaotic schedule.
- 2 for 1 Deal – Don’t add any new commitments of your time until you have eliminated as least two things that need to go. You’ll be trading two must-go items for one must have. It’s a great trade and will ensure you gradually scale back on your time commitments.
In implementing these 2 simple steps, you will be Protecting Your Time and Making Time Work for You.
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It’s Your time. It’s Your choice.