So I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Time. How precious it is.
We all want more of it and quite frankly the older I get the more I wonder if I’ve used my time well enough. I’d sincerely encourage any young ones out there to give some thought to how you manage your time. I look back and wonder how much time I’ve let slip through my little fingers?
On a brighter note, someone asked me recently,
‘how do you do all the things that you do?” (that’s a lot of do’s isn’t it?)
Up until then, I hadn’t really given much thought to the fact that I really do-do quite a bit in the time I’ve been given. I work five days, sometimes six days a week at two different day jobs. When I get home from work, I work making products for my ETSY SHOP. Every week I need to find time to I manage our family business accounts (not so good at that but I’m definitely improving). Mid week there’s music rehearsal and come the weekend, I play or lead worship at the church I attend. Whenever I get the chance, I work at home building my COTTAGE DREAMS and endeavour to grow a little creative community, I call WRITE MAKE CREATE. I dream of new creative ventures regularly. On top all that, I still grab snippets of time to write in my book and on my blog but always, I work with purpose and intentionality. It sounds awfully tiring, and sometimes it is.
To be honest, for a time I was darn near worn out, but that simple little comment on my Instagram page triggered something inside my head. Firstly, I realised I was actually making really good progress, albeit slow, but still notable progress. So I patted myself on the back, not in a proud way, but in a gentle – kind – caring way. I said to myself, ‘go you Steph, you’re doing ok.’ It felt kind of good to say that, to encourage myself instead of unintentionally looking for outside affirmation.
It was then I started taking notice of all the little wins I’d been having instead of looking forward with regret, wishing I could do better, longing to arrive at some far off, better destination. In the following weeks, I made a conscious decision to enjoy ‘growing slow’. I removed the unspoken pressure and urgency that social media seemed to be requiring of me and began to settle into the realisation that that ‘slow is ok’. Nothing changed on the exterior, nothing. My schedule remained the same, but something certainly did change on the inside of me.
Immediately, I sensed a shift in mindset. I felt hopeful and happy about where I was at but I couldn’t help notice a slight ill ease settling around one or two of my commitments and with it a sense that 2022 will see the season for those things shift. On the flip side, my creativity was spurred on and business began to gain traction without hardly any effort on my part. I began to feel a delightful sense of peace around all my creating and a knowing that I’m on the right track.
I’ve happily settled into this new rhythm of s l o w l y getting stuff done, knowing the future is looking bright.
So if your struggling with time management and want know to know how to GET STUFF DONE when you’re already run off your feet, drop me a line.
I’d love to help!