In my experience with some of the people I meet, their problem is not about knowing their vision in their relevant season of life. These ones already know what they want to do, they have their vision, but they just can’t seem to find the time to actualise it. The legitimate needs of life get in the way- family, work, extra business, social commitments, and even rest and relaxation.
Yes, these needs are valid. All the same, you can’t afford to wait for a perfect situation. That time will never come. Many of life’s commitments will only increase as time goes by and your many roles will become even more robust and demanding.
I get it and I’m here to help. There is always a way out. If you’re struggling for time in the midst of your regular routine, but you’d still like to get started on what has been laid on your heart, this is for you. You can use the following tips to help you to create more time to fulfil your vision and live the life that you know God has called you to live.
1) Pray. Ask God for help. The whole point of having a relationship with God is to be able to lean on His wisdom and strength. He can show you where you’re ‘leaking’ time, and strengthen you to use your time more profitably and productively.
2) Measure Your Activities. Take one week to measure your activities. Draw up a calendar of your time for one full week, hour by hour. Then at the end of each day, fill in that calendar with the activities that you did for that day. When you do this for a full week, you will have a clearer picture of what you usually do with your time. This is very important because when you have an idea of how you use your time, then you can make an informed decision.
3) Reassign Time Slots. Now that you know how you usually spend your time, it’s time to bring out the scissors. You have to be determined about this. No matter what we all say, everyone has some ‘down’ time they can spare in their daily or weekly routine. Carve out blocks of time as much as possible during the week. Be realistic about this. It can be one hour every day, or two hours twice a week, or one hour three times a week. Dedicate that time to pursuing the desires and ideas that God has put in your heart. Every little bit of time will add up.
4) Get External Help. You’re trying to change a habit here, and you need every bit of help that you can get. Your external help could range from one point to the other. You may decide to work with a coach or get a partner that can keep you accountable. Or you may decide to set an alarm 30 minutes before your allocated time starts to help you prepare, it’s really up to you.
So, there you go. Use these tips to help you create more time to be the person you were meant to be. It will take discipline and sacrifice to form new purposeful and productive habits, but it will be worth it in the end, I promise. You can do it. If you need a cheerleader, send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll encourage you.
You can be ALL that you were created to be.