Making Quality Time for the Important Things

Making Quality Time for the Important Things

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Time is such a commodity and there seems to be little of it more and more every day. Truth is we’re busier now than ever before. So, it’s really important how we utilize it. I don’t know about you, but at the end of the day, I want to feel good about how I spent the day.

Making time to do what’s important to me takes work, a lot of work! I need my own “me time”, time with hubby and friends and I also need to work hard to make quality time with The Lord which is essential for my well-being. I need time with The Lord to re-fuel my spirit. I need time in His word to encourage me so that my day starts out right and ends on a good note.

Ensuring I get Quality time with God: 

  1. First say “Good Morning”. In the mornings, first thing I try to remember to do is say “good morning” to The Lord and tell Him how thankful I am that hubby and I woke up. I don’t take that for granted!
  2. Start with Prayer. After I stumble out of bed, I have morning prayer time with Him. It’s not a long prayer, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s just our time together. I talk to Him the way I would with a best friend. Sometimes, I miss this step, I admit, so when I come into my craftroom to begin work, I do try to have a moment of prayer. That’s just my routine and it changes each day depending on what’s going on.  

Finding Time for Myself:

I need regular “me time” so that I can calm down from the day’s activities. My day job is demanding and I’m dealing with multiple projects sometimes simultaneously so I need downtime to quiet down my emotions.

  1. Turn off everything media. At the end of the business day, I shut it down: the business emails, texting, etc. I try not to open emails until the next day. It’s hard for me, because I am simply a NUT for checking and answering my emails every few minutes. And, still I’m not perfect everyday so I’m working on disciplining myself not to open these apps. This goes for social media too. I like Instagram and I can easily find myself using up an hour scrolling through all the posts and commenting. What I decided to do is block out about 15 – 30 minutes ONLY for social media.
  2. Do something I like to do. I like to pamper myself and do girly things like: pick out some outfits for the next week, look at YouTube home decorating or craftroom tour videos and even window shopping on Amazon.

These are just the things I do for myself, I recommend you do what works for you and your schedule. The point is that you don’t burn yourself out with all you have to do on a daily basis. Finding quality time to refill, reboot and re-energize is vital to your health, both physical and mental.

Finding Time with Family/Friends:

Hubby and I have busy lifestyles, he runs an online eBay store and I work a full time job. Between work, there’s all the personal business and running the household that takes up so much of our time. We have to work hard to make time for each other.

  1. Use times out for pleasure. When hubby and I are out running errands, we try not to rush home. We might stop at McDonald’s to grab some burgers and go sit out at the port to watch the boats come in and out.
  2. Use tech to stay in touch. I don’t see my friends in person, partly because we all don’t live in the same state but also because I’m living isolated at this point so we use technology to keep in touch. Still, I like texting, Zoom and social media to keep in close contact with my friends. And, I also love to send my handmade cards out as well.

The Bible even says that there’s a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:3), so making time for the people that are important to our lives is essential. You make memories that you may never get the chance to do over if you miss out.

And, time with The Lord is necessary for our spiritual growth, because you and I know we face a LOT in this world and we need the help of The Holy Spirit to combat that.

We need time for ourselves to re-charge and keep our passion for living in tact so we can be at our best for others. Friendships, relationships all need maintenance just like a car does. It’s never a “set it, forget it” model.   

We all get the same 24 hours, but it’s what we do with that time and how we use it that we’ll get the most from it. If it seems you don’t have time for certain things, it could mean that your priorities may need re-aligning. Perhaps you’re taking on way too much and you need to step back a bit.

Take a look at what you’re doing, even writing it down on paper and see if you can re-shuffle some things around, delegate to someone else or even eliminate altogether. I do this anytime I begin to feel overwhelmed.

Also, be cautious of how much you add to your schedule. I’m careful of what I commit myself to, because that can take precious time away from me that I desperately need. Be realistic with yourself, you’re only one person and you have only so much energy each day. One thing you and I don’t want to do is get burned out, cause not only do we lose motivation and strength, we also lose the desire to do the things we love to do with the ones we love.    

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.