Creating A Life You Love

Part 5 : Thriving With Control Over Your Day – Determining What Gets Your Time and When

May 1, 2020

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I started this series because I whole heartedly believe that it is possible for us all to create day to day lives that make us feel empowered, energized, and happy to our core. 

To wrap up this series, I would love to help you to narrow in on what gets your time, how much time you’re willing to give those things, let go of what’s draining you, and fit in the things that fill your cup the most.

Lets brainstorm a few points.

  1. What do you need? What brings you joy?  (We started on this in Day 2)
  2. List out all of your daily tasks/responsibilities.  Now rate them in order of importance from 1 to 10.
  3. Look back at that list.  Does the importance of each task align with the time you give it each day? 
  4. What areas are given too much time? What are the pain points in your day?  What are some steps you can take to alleviate those? 
  5. What areas need more of your time invested? What can you commit time to doing that will ultimately make you feel better each day?

Don’t be afraid to get messy here. Put pen to paper and “brain dump” all of your thoughts!

Now lets start working on a daily schedule. Start by writing out the day in 30 minute increments just like I showed from my own daily schedule in yesterday’s blog.

Now this part becomes a bit of a puzzle, but hang in there with me!  This may take a few tries, but it will totally be worth it!!

First, start with penciling in your work hours. These are pretty set in stone if you’re a corporate employee. If you work from home then block off what hours would be ideal for your work time.

Remember in day 2 when we talked about how many hours of sleep we need to function at our best?  Now go ahead and pencil that in your hourly schedule as well.

Now, heres the fun part… Take the time that you have left and create a life that you love. 

Maybe block off 15 minutes of quiet time in the morning or 30 minutes for an afternoon walk, or a bit of time for reading before bed.. Whatever will fill up your cup and make you feel your best and most joyful about life, pencil it in

Now go back and see how that can align with any other tasks/responsibilites on your plate. This may take a few tries to flatten out how much time you can commit to each item each day, but don’t become discouraged!  Be realistic about what you can fit into a days time (like we talked about in day 3), but also remember to be flexible! 

For example- maybe you exercise two mornings a week so that you can read your Bible the other mornings. Maybe you declare Saturday’s pizza night in your home so that you can spend an hour reading or gardening or whatever makes you happy during the time it would have taken you to cook a meal.

Whatever you need to plan to fill your hours, your days, your weeks with things that bring you joy- DO IT.  

My best advice is to take baby steps! Scheduling large chunks of time to tasks that you don’t already regularly do each day will probably be hard to commit to and ultimately make you feel discouraged. Don’t do that to yourself. I believe in you and I know that you can take control of your time! So, lets start with baby steps- get into a rhythm with 15 or 30 minute increments, and add more time as you become more confident with your schedule!

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Friends, this has been so fun to walk through with you this week.  I want to thank you so much for being here.  I hope that this series has shared useful information and practical advice. I hope it has inspired you to fight for the kind of life that you’ve always dreamt of. And I hope that you realize that a life that leaves you feeling fulfilled and refreshed is closer than you could have imagined. 

Remember to be flexible through your seasons. Embrace the chaos that comes with each, while being intentional with the time you have.

They say it takes 30 days for habits to be established.  I recommend writing out your schedule and/or the habits that you want to foster, placing it somewhere you can see often, and following it on paper until you find yourself in a consistent rhythm.

I love THESE for keeping me focused on what matters and tracking little by little progress on my goals and the habits I want to hone in on.

Much of what I shared this week is from my own personal trial and error experiences, as well as teachings from some of my favorite books.  I’m including those titles below for your convenience.  Each title has so much to offer about living with purpose, spending our time intentionally, nurturing our souls, and serving our families well. 

Thank you again for being here friends! I would love to hear from you if you’d like to chat more about this week’s series ( Email: ). Im cheering for you always friend!! Hugs! – Abby

Book Recommendations:
You Are The Girl For The Job . A Simplified Life . Grace, Not Perfection . Cultivate

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