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Time to Talk About Time…

Let’s talk about time…in some ways just thinking about time stresses me out as I worry…Do I have enough time? Am I using time wisely?  Is it time? Where did the time go? Even as you sit and read this post, time is passing by.

“Lost time is never found.”

–Benjamin Franklin

For me, the event of dropping my oldest child off for his freshman year of college this year was a surefire way to make me stop and consider time. In the days leading up to that fateful day of delivery, this mama had a really hard time. During one particularly emotional moment late this summer, I even googled the exact number of days since my son had been born (6,846 in case you are wondering). I wish I could say I was kidding, but I actually did do this. It was like I was desperate to grasp all of that passed time and bottle it up!

“You may delay but time will not”

There was certainly no delaying my oldest heading off to college – he was ready. It was time.  Milestones have a way of jump starting our emotions and reminding us that time is precious.

Time is a gift.

Time is fleeting.

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time.”

-Jim Rohn

I have always been a collector of words and quotes, especially at difficult seasons in my life. They soothe me and help me reinforce and organize the thoughts and ideas that jangle around this crazy head of mine. So, it isn’t surprising that I have found comfort in collecting impactful quotes about time as I adjust to an empty seat at the dinner table.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives “

-Annie Dillard

It is true that the college drop off has certainly caused me to wistfully look back in time to when my kiddos were younger and life seemed so much simpler. But as I have been squirreling down this memory lane, I’ve been nudged to be more intentional with my time and to be truly present when I am with my loved ones.

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.”

– Leo Christopher

So how do we really stop and be intentional and present with our time? To be honest, the word intentional has always caused me angst because I want to live that way so badly and yet it is such a struggle – there is so much to do!

“Intentional living means making choices for your life based on your greatest values.”

Choices. It all comes down to the choices we make in how we spend our time, doesn’t it? At Bee Organized we believe the CHOICE to live intentionally and value the gift of time means that we must SIMPLIFY. We must simplify our minds, lives, to-do lists, schedules and homes. Once we make order of the chaos around us so we are able to see clearly what our priorities are and then, almost naturally, we are able to determine where and how we spend our time.

“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”

-John C. Maxwell

For me, it is the mundane little daily tasks that often times make me frazzled and unable to be fully present. It is the intention to get things done that makes me lose my intention – how about that for irony?!

As professional organizers we often see that people’s cluttered spaces greatly effect their ability to be present. It’s as if the physical clutter causes mental clutter. The presence of clutter changes their ability to use their time wisely and efficiently.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities”

-Stephen Covey

We have to allow our priorities – our intentions – to drive our time, our schedules, our spaces and our to-do lists. As we learn to flex our muscle of intention to honor time and be present, our surroundings and schedules will and should align themselves.

So as I achingly get used to a smaller grocery bill and less laundry around the house, I am practicing the art of scheduling my priorities first when making my to-do list. I am putting my loved ones – my priorities – in front of errands, dishes, cooking, cleaning and even organizing! I am stopping to listen to a story, help with homework, play a game and, of course, breathlessly running to answer the occasional phone call from my college kiddo!

Time is a gift.

Time is fleeting.

Let’s choose to be intentional with our time.

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