This is a guest post by Chrystal Murphy. She is a writer, mom, friend, and Quitter who strives to help us all live a better life; whether it be through organization or showing you how to make homemade laundry detergent that is safer for you and the environment. You can connect with her on Twitter or on her blog.
We all have only 24 hours in a day. With work, school, family, church, yard work, housework, friends… how can we possibly find time to “do it all”? All too often it is the fun things, the good things, that get brushed aside to make time for the work of life.
Playing with our children is put on hold to cook dinner. Going for a walk with family is canceled to finish yard work. Hobbies we enjoy are set aside and forgotten as the work and chores of life squeeze all our time and energy.
How do we fit in the fun things of life? The solution is quite simple really; we schedule them.
I know, I know…”schedule” and “fun” don’t seem to go together. Fun should be spontaneous and adventure should happen on a whim. What if instead of leaving the fun and exciting things in life to chance or one week vacations, you planned them into your daily routine?
From 6:30 – 7:30 every evening you turn off the tv, put down whatever you’re cleaning or working on, and play in the floor with your kids. Or perhaps every Friday evening you plan family game night. Maybe every Tuesday afternoon you take your toddler on a “field trip” to the park or playground or museum. Why not schedule a time every day from 3:00 – 4:00 to read or invest in your dream? .
You get the idea.
Decide what activities you enjoy, what activities are meaningful to you. For example, I love to read. Reading the latest teen fiction book may seem petty to some, but it’s an activity that I thoroughly enjoy. It helps me relax and regain a bit of sanity. Maybe you want to write or exercise. It could even mean making a phone call to chat with a friend. Whatever is important to you—make sure you schedule time to do it.
We each must determine how we will spend our time. I encourage you to invest your time as wisely as possible. So go ahead. Pull out your calendar and schedule the fun!
Question: What’s one thing you wish you had more time to do?