It’s something that we all want to achieve.
We try to eat healthy foods while also indulging our sweet tooth. We work hard at our jobs, but we have to make time with our families a priority. These are basic concepts, right? No-brainers even.
My life is totally in balance…I think.
Don’t worry. I’m not advocating that we all take up yoga and sit criss-cross in order to envision our lives’ priorities on a scale.
If that’s what it takes for you then go for it! I,however, have always found yoga a bit too weird.
What I am advocating is some serious thought on our priorities. One of my favorite authors, Jon Acuff, challenged me with the following thought:
“If I say that my family or writing or my business endeavors (Insert your own interests here) are important, then why does my calendar not reflect it?”
This question is eating my lunch.
It’s not enough to say that something is a priority. My actions and how I spend my time should reflect my words.
What I’m learning is that if I cannot manage my time now—when I’m single—then how can I juggle the responsibilities of wife and mother?
That’s where my mind goes as I follow this thought into the future.
Maybe that’s a bit too extreme for you, but it’s something more of us should do.
There’s truth in the saying “If you want to see where you’ll be in five years, take a look at how your time is spent now.” (This is not exactly how that saying goes, but it works nonetheless).
I encourage you to take some time this week to write out your priorities and compare them to your calendar.
How are you doing?
If nothing changes, where will you end up five years from now?