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Is there something God has placed on your heart, but you don’t feel you have time to do? Maybe it is volunteering at church, organizing an event, spending one-on-one time with a younger child, reading a book, or even just organizing the family photos.
Have you heard the adage that the amount of stuff you have expands to fill the space allotted? The same is true of your time. When you have a deadline you can often accomplish a lot in a very short amount of time. But when there is no deadline looming, life and projects drag on forever.
There are seasons in your life when you will be unable to pursue some of your passions because God is calling you to something else, such as raising young children or caring for an aging parent. But if this is not one of those seasons and you want to find time to pursue your passions, start by determining how much time you need to pursue that passion God has placed on your heart and start setting aside dedicated time to work on it. It might only be thirty minutes a week at first, but that’s still a good start.
Finding Time To Pursue Your Passions
Here are some ways I have made time in my week to work on special projects:
- Implement a “workday” where your children work independently.
- Get up early and work for 15 minutes to an hour before breakfast.
- Work during an afternoon quiet time when everyone in the house rests or works on a special project.
- Trade kid sitting duties a few hours a month with a friend.
- Have an at-home “working retreat” while the kids spend a few days to a week with grandparents.
- Work in the car during sports practice.
- Have supplies ready and take advantage of brief moments during the day to squeeze in some work time.
- Schedule the project on your calendar to make sure it happens and you don’t schedule too much.
- Set a timer for 10, 20, or 30 minutes and work on some aspect of your project each day or week.
- Create a playlist that is the length of time you want to work. I have several playlists I rotate through and the last song is always the same. I have trained myself to wrap up my project when that song starts playing.
- Break tasks down into as many steps as possible and tackle them one at a time.
- Associate working on a project with an established routine. For example, I try to listen to an audio book in the evening while working on a handicraft.
- Identify the night before what you need to accomplish the next day. Lay out any supplies you will need. Identifying projects ahead of time will also allow your brain to think creatively about that project and be prepared to work on it.
- Record how much time you spend working on your project. Tracking your time will help you stay focused.
- Stop multi-tasking and turn off notifications. It really isn’t effective and you do not accomplish more. In fact, every time you change your focus, you loose 20% productivity. Focus on your task at hand and get more done.
- Determine how you can get control of your schedule and be home more.
I have used all of these suggestions at different times in my life depending on the project and the ages and abilities of my children. I hope these sparked some ideas for you to be able to pursue your passions. If you have another suggestion, I’d love for you to leave it in the comments below!