Lately, I’ve been feeling like I am drowning under a sea of responsibilities and To Dos: blogging, homeschooling, parenting, relationships, chores, volunteer commitments – the list is endless.
I’m constantly running two steps behind and wondering when I’ll get “caught up”.
I go to bed way too late, trying to “get stuff done”. My kids, unfortunately, never got their sleep-in memo — which means, I’m routinely getting less than six hours of sleep a night.
And since I’m being totally honest, I’ll add that my almost four year-old daughter rarely makes it thru the night in her own room — compounding my already fierce sleep deprivation.
Big goals rarely get accomplished, since I am too busy fighting fires.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Perhaps your list is different, but the drowning feeling is eerily similar. Or maybe you’ve felt like this for so long that you’ve accepted it as “normal”.
Over Pesach, Frankie and I had a long talk. We realized that it’s time for change.
As we delved into our time management issues, it occurred to me that the lessons we have learned about budgeting our money are actually a great model for budgeting our time.
After all, six years ago, we couldn’t imagine living within our means — let alone being able to saving money for emergencies, kids’ college, retirement, travel and other important goals. But today, month in and month out, we manage to prioritize our spending based on our income and do exactly what we once thought was impossible.
Maybe we can apply the same discipline to our time management that we do to our money, I wondered aloud to my husband.
Perhaps we’re wasting time on stuff that doesn’t really matter, which prevents us from doing what’s most important? And maybe we’re losing time to inefficiency and mismanagement? And then there’s the possibility that we’re simply trying to do too much — with too little time.
As Dave Ramsey taught me, a budget is “telling your money what to do, on purpose, on paper”.
We’ve figured out how to be purposeful with our money. Now it’s time to apply that skill to our other most value resource: Our time.
I realize that the analogy isn’t perfect, since no amount of hard work will allow me to “earn more hours”. But hopefully with some increased efficiency, prioritization, delegation and a healthy dose of reality we will begin to be able to allocate the 24 hours we do have each day in a more purposeful, planned way.
Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing with you how my husband and I do a “time audit” of our household; how we determine our top priorities — and figure out what needs to be let go for the time being; and ultimately, how we develop a schedule that allows us to start swimming and stop drowning.
If you’re interested in managing your time more efficiently, I hope you will stay tuned! And if you have mastered the clock at your house, I know we’d all love to hear from you!