I talk a lot about how to save time, but it’s hard to break old habits or make significant changes in your routine if you don’t have a really compelling reason why. So here’s a Letterman-style list of 10 meaningful things we could all do with more time.
- Get outside.
Have lunch outside or go for a walk. There’s nothing like getting away from the noise and into the sunshine to brighten your day. Pun intended.
- Call or visit a family member.
How long has it been since you’ve had some quality downtime to spend with a grandparent, aunt or cousin? And if you don’t live close enough, a phone call is a close second.
- Do something for yourself.
Paint your nails, watch a sweet movie or read a book or magazine. Taking time to refill your cup means you’ll have more to give to others.
It’s good for your health and mind. You can’t beat those post-workout endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people just don’t kill their husbands. Thank you, Reese Witherspoon.
- Have lunch with a friend.
If you are anything like me and my friends, we really want to get together but struggle with finding a time when we can all go. But we never regret it when we do; nothing beats spending quality time with good buds.
- Play your child’s favorite game.
In my house, that game is currently Play-Doh. I’m really weird with Play-Doh. My brain isn’t great at figuring out what to do with it. But it’s all worth it to hear Francesca’s excited laughter when she sees me getting it out. I bet the same is true with your kids.
- Do a random act of kindness.
When your to-do list isn’t as long, you have more time to think about others. We recently moved to a new neighborhood, and one neighbor brought us a loaf of pumpkin bread. How sweet was that? She used her spare time to do something nice for us, and we will always remember her for it.
When is the last time you were able to just lay back and think– about life, about God, about your parenting or your marriage? If you’re always on the go, it’s nearly impossible to have much time for reflection at all.
- Go on a date.
Next to our relationship with God, our relationship with our spouses is most important. It takes time and intention to develop and maintain a good marriage. Our spouses need to know how important they are to us, and our kids need to see that too. So, get a babysitter, and hit the town. (I need to take this advice myself.)
- Time with Jesus.
I definitely find that Jesus often gets jipped when I am pressed for time. My Bible reading is shorter and my prayer time is only a minute or two.
Everything on this list is important but less urgent than running errands or checking email. But sometimes, we have to put aside good things for better things. And focusing more on God, our relationships and our health are definitely better things, right? We know this, but do we believe it enough to make changes to our daily lives? I do. What about you?