Sometimes you may talk to a neighbor if you both happen to arrive at the community mailbox at the same time. Many of us may run into a friend at the local Target or Safeway market and stop to chat for a bit. These short and spontaneous encounters are important, but in fact, special occasions and holidays are often the only times families and friends get together to just ‘visit’.
Many of us feel that we don’t have enough time to do the things we want or need to accomplish. We always seem to be in a hurry to move onto the next task in our daily lives or ‘get there’ in a timely manner. “I can’t believe it is already five o’clock!” “Where did the week go?” “I don’t have time to do this!” Everyone has heard these expressions; many of us have quoted them. Where does the time go?
Time hasn’t changed, we have. Family, work, school, and social responsibilities keep us busy in our daily lives. Modern conveniences have made many of our tasks easier and quicker to accomplish. Social media has added some value to keeping in touch with friends and family we don’t see regularly. So why do we feel that we are always running out of time? I believe it is because we have lost the ‘balance’ in our lives.
I know what you’re thinking. Balance? What balance? What I am referring to is finding the things in our lives that make us feel that we have accomplished something, but also leaves us with a feeling of satisfaction. The feeling you get when you have done something that will make a difference in your life and the lives of others. I believe it is so important to find the time in our lives to truly connect with the people we care about…getting back to the basics of just ‘visiting’ and taking the time to enjoy the company of the special people in our lives.
We can fit these times into our lives if we prioritize. Yes, that word that we have heard so many times and many have come to dread. But I am talking about prioritizing what is important to us. What really matters in our lives. Can we find things to prioritize so we can balance our lives? I would love to hear your ideas on how you have brought some balance back into your time!
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It is difficult for many of us, including me, to prioritize the responsibilities we have and find an effective ‘time management’ structure that works for us. Here are some ideas that may work for you: