Sometimes there’s just NOT enough time

Sometimes there’s just NOT enough time

Sometimes there's just NOT enough time

Do you ever feel like there’s just not enough time for everything you want to do? The projects and ideas for your business. The subjects you’d like to teach or the ways you want to inspire your children. One-on-one time with each of your kids…not to mention your husband! Caring for your health and your spiritual life. Resting and pursuing your own education or creativity.

I could tell you that you’ll make time for the things that matter most, that you’re probably wasting time on social media or tv, or that people like Beyoncé (???) have the same 24 hours a day that we do (if you don’t count her who knows how many assistants, that is).

But you know what? If you’re working and homeschooling, I doubt that most of those hold true.

Sometimes there just really isn’t enough time.

(Although I do agree with Jon Acuff that you can make a lot of progress if you commit just 15 minutes per day to a single goal!)

Sometimes there's just NOT enough time

In seasons like these—when you’re trying to launch a new business or write a book, when one or more of your students needs extra one-on-one time, or when you have a high-needs baby who requires a lot of your time and attention (ahem!)—the greatest gift we can each give ourselves is to not just acknowledge that our time is limited but to really accept it.

Personally, I’d love to have hours a day to devote to Bible study and reading about education and parenting and living more intentionally. I’d like to have time to practice doodling and learn to play the piano and read the classics. I wish I could give each of my kids a focused hour of one-on-one time with their schoolwork. I have a million ideas for my blog and resources I’d like to create to help make your life a little easier. And I’d love to make delicious, healthy meals and yummy treats every single day.

Here’s the thing: these are all good things. They’re beneficial and focused on the big picture of a life well lived.

And yet…there’s simply not enough time.

Sometimes there's just NOT enough time

Whenever I reevaluate my schedule and commitments, a sneaky thing happens: for some reason my mind takes the extra hour I’ve discovered in my schedule and decides that somehow I can do all.the.things I didn’t have time for before.

Which usually leaves me feeling more discouraged than I was before because they’re all things I want to do, and I don’t want to have to choose between them.

I don’t even like the “save your yes for the best” way of choosing between them because these all feel like the best pursuits. I’m not saying no to mediocre things or other people’s expectations; I’m saying no to my heart’s desires.

So during this season of babies and math tests and conference calls, I simply have to accept that I’m going to have to say “not now” to many of the things I want to pursue. I have to accept my limitations and embrace the time I do have rather than grumbling about those limits or trying desperately to pack in more than is humanly possible.

One day I’ll have time for the other things, and it doesn’t make me lazy or undisciplined to admit that right now I don’t.

There just isn’t enough time.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. It is humbling to admit that we are truly limited, and yet we just are.

  2. Yes. I have done some work to realize my true passions and values, but I still have a difficult time narrowing down my focus and prioritizing because my passions and values are numerous! Hmm…I wonder if maybe I haven’t done enough work on it, but I just want to do so much. Truly and passionately, no shoulds or pressure.

  3. So how do you choose which things to let go for now?

  4. I’ve read this countless times in the past month, Mandi, because this perfectly describes my struggle with time! There simply aren’t enough hours in the day when you have long to-do lists and big dreams and ambitious plans and a growing family. This is when I think of Elizabeth Elliott and just “Do the next thing.” And so on, and so on…until I find more time!

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