Have you ever heard or seen that phrase – “You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce”? It’s all over Pinterest. I have to admit, that phrase used to kind of bug me. Something about that phrase just made me feel less than, like I was some kind of slacker. Because let’s get real y’all, I’m not exactly slaying my days like Queen B. The thing is though, those words are nothing but true. We all get the same number of hours in a day. There are 24 hours in a day no matter who you are, where you were born or how much is in your bank account. And you, and only you, get to decide what you’re going to do with those precious hours.
My goal this year is to do better at managing my time. The lines between work and home can get a little blurry. I’ve realized that I spend too much time just barely treading water, and I’ll never reach my goals if I don’t make better use of my time. So I’ve started by eliminating time sucks from my life. I did a “time-ventory” if you will, and I can’t believe what a world of difference this has made!
Three Simple Things Giving Me More Time
1. I deleted the Facebook app from my phone. Like, wow, who knew? I didn’t even feel like I spent that much time on Facebook, but by eliminating the app I’ve definitely noticed more room in my day. There’s also less politics, which has been a nice added bonus. I still connect via my laptop, but now I check in with more intention and purpose.
2. I’ve started ordering my groceries online. Turns out, this service only costs $5 at my local grocery store and the amount of time it saves me is well worth that fee. Am I the last person on Earth to take advantage of this service?! Why did no one ever tell me?! I pull up at the front of the store, hit the call button and a magical fairy comes out with my grocery bags and loads them into my car! Plus I feel like I spend less and make healthier choices when I’m ordering online because nothing that I don’t really need, like say, gluten free Lucky Charms, sneaks its way into my cart. 😉 So it’s a total win-win-win! And it’s so nice to spend my precious kid-free hours doing something other than grocery shopping.
3. Lastly, I’m slowly learning to embrace the house chaos. I’ve always been a little type A when it comes to keeping my house clean and orderly. But it’s so time consuming, not to mention never-ending with two active kids and their friends constantly coming and going. I give myself 30 minutes a day to hit the house reset button. I’ve realized that the time it takes to keep the house perfectly clean is kind of wasted. My time is better spent doing something that won’t need to be done again in 20 minutes. 😉 This is a hard one for me, but it’s getting easier. The extra time I have to work on side projects makes overlooking the mess a little easier.
And I’m realizing that there is still beauty even when there isn’t an inch of empty counter space and the sink is full of dirty dishes. It’s all a matter of what I choose to focus on.
Have you ever done a “time-ventory”? What is saving time in your life these days? I mean if I was Beyonce I’d have a personal chef, a personal trainer, a personal assistant and a nanny…….but hey, same amount of hours. 😉 She didn’t always have those things. Started from the bottom now she’s there. Insert fist bump emoji.