How I Leverage My Time To Maximize My Peace

I’ve always been intentional with my time. It’s one of the most important tools I have. It impacts nearly everything I do. Well, almost everything.

 

Like many others, time is always something of which I never seem to have enough. Too many distractions and too many demands make it difficult to accomplish the goals I have set.

 

Many of our schedules are not condusive to a defined regiment and life today isn’t as neat or tidy as it was growing up.

 

Today I leverage my time to effectively manage much of my complex personal and professional life, and to maximize my peace.

 

Here’s a list of a few strategies I use:

 

  • I realistically look at the pockets of time that are not spoken for throughout the day. Sometimes it may be a 30-minute segment of time before work; sometimes, there may be 10 minutes in between meetings.

 

  • I mentally prioritize or write down in my journal the goals that would be most meaningful for me to accomplish. Sometimes deadlines force something to the top of the list, but otherwise I try to focus on what is most meaningful. That allows me to stay connected with my passions and purpose without becoming sidetracked or exhausted.

 

  • I strategize to assign smaller goals to smaller pockets of time and larger goals to larger pockets of time. I know my physical and mental make-up as well. I know the morning is when I am most refreshed and focused to write, so I try to schedule more in-depth creative tasks earlier in the day and easier, more administrative tasks later in the afternoon or evening.

 

  • I focus on the meaning in the moment. As I am engaged in one project, I do my best not to become overwhelmed by everything else I need to do. I spend a few moments deep-breathing to help keep me connected and centered on enjoying whatever the task is at hand. This may sound weird to some, but when I can look for meaning even in the small, mundane tasks, it allows me to be fully present in each moment and to find joy wherever I am. The rest of the day will come, the other tasks will be attended to. I do not want to waste this moment focusing on, overwhelmed by, consumed by another moment. This moment is the only one I’m guaranteed.

 

  • I schedule downtime. Again, depending on the pockets of time that emerge throughout the day, I make sure to assign time for unstructured play. This may mean a few moments of deep-breathing and guided imagery. It may also mean a cup of tea and a good book. Unstructured playtime is just as important as any other task I accomplish throughout the day. It allows my mind to relax and recharge. It grounds and soothes me physically and emotionally.

 

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen CoveyClick To Tweet

 

“We will either walk well throughout our day, or our day will walk all over us.” Lisa MurrayClick To Tweet

 

Leveraging my time allows me to accomplish the things to which God has called me, but also frees me to enjoy each moment for the beautiful gift it is in my life.

 

Question: How do you leverage your time to maximize your peace?

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Blessings, 

Lisa

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22 Comments

  1. I used to be really good at prioritizing my time. Somehow, things slowly got out of control. Over the past few months, I’ve had to decide which activities I could cut out from my life. Which tasks I could delegate to someone else. I am slowly trying to regain control of my time and being more intentional with how I spend my precious time. It’s a bit of a battle, but it’s much better than it used to be. My priorities are changing and I’m feeling a sense of peace with the changes that are being made.

    • lisamurray

      April 5, 2016 at 9:52 AM

      Isabelle,
      I love how, even when we get out of balance, we can always recognize and make changes that will help bring us back into balance and yield peace in our hearts and minds. Praying that you will continue to listen inside and discover peace in your daily routine. Blessings today, friend!

  2. I’m careful with my time (sometimes too careful), but I had never thought of it in those terms — leveraging. That sounds so powerful!

    • lisamurray

      April 5, 2016 at 9:53 AM

      That’s really how I have learned to look at it. We must leverage to make the most of our time and find the greatest meaning from each and every moment. Hope you have a great week, Michele!

  3. Great advice. This line in particular caught my attention: “As I am engaged in one project, I do my best not to become overwhelmed by everything else I need to do.” I need to make sure that I’m enjoying my projects without constantly feeling I have other things to do!
    God bless,
    Gail

    • lisamurray

      April 5, 2016 at 9:55 AM

      That concept is powerful for me, Gail! I can find myself so distracted by everything that I miss enjoying anything. Blessings, friend!

  4. We are on similar pages this week.
    I feel the same way about my time. I only have so much of it and I have so much I like/need/want to accomplish that the only way that will get done is to be intentional with my time and use it well.

    Thanks for sharing these words with us! (Stopping by from #IntentionalTuesday)

  5. These are such great reminders. I especially love that you focus on who you are and what works for you. Sometimes we see 10 steps here or the 3 things you must do there, but if they don’t fit with who we are they will never be successful for us. Happy to be visiting from Titus2Tuesday

    • lisamurray

      April 5, 2016 at 3:34 PM

      Amen, Becky! We must keep everything in the context of who we are and what will work best for us, rather than someone else’s strategy or agenda! Blessings today!

  6. Thanks, Lisa, for offering your helpful list. Those pockets of time add up. They’re important to keep far away from the time thief! Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the to-do list. When that occurs I set a timer for 15 or 30 mins. It’s amazing how much gets accomplished in those small segments of time. It makes the list suddenly seem possible.

    • lisamurray

      April 5, 2016 at 3:33 PM

      I love that, Kristi! I’ve never thought to keep a timer, but my guess would that it would help you to stay on track externally as well as to maintain boundaries. So glad to have to stop by today! Be blessed!

  7. Thank-you for sharing your wisdom, Lisa! It’s reminded me again to be thoughtful as I go about (or begin!) my day. Thanks!

  8. I was so happy to share your blog today. We just recently posted a review of your book on our website too. Everyone should read it! Your friend Angela Craig from #raralinkup

    • lisamurray

      April 7, 2016 at 7:19 AM

      Thank you, Angela! I appreciate your kind words and hope the book offers freedom and peace to those in need.

  9. Well said, Lisa! This is something I try to do as well as teach others to do. I appreciate the pointers and finding the pockets of time is also a priority for me. The reminder to find the meaning is important-the why behind the what!
    Thanks & happy to come over from #SittingAmongFriends 🙂

    • lisamurray

      April 7, 2016 at 7:18 AM

      Thank you, Jill! I know I always need reminders to help keep me on track:) Blessings, friend!

  10. Lisa, I found you through Sitting Among Friends, and I’m so glad I did. This is an important topic for me and one I focus on constantly in my own life. I totally agree on finding small pockets of time. My day is strung together by pockets of time, and it’s the only way I’ve stayed sane…lol! I look forward to getting to know you. Pinned and following. I’d love you to come and share this post (and any others!) at my Five Star Frou-Frou linkup at A Tray of Bliss. We’d love to host you. Mimi xxx

  11. Lisa, I love your point about finding meaning in the moment. Several years ago I remember a dear friend encouraging me to focus on just the one thing at hand and in that moment to give it my 100%. I found that to be very helpful but somehow over the years I forgot how to do that and end up feeling distracted by so many things on my list. Thank you for reminding me to focus on the meaning and enjoy the moment.

    Blessings!

    • lisamurray

      April 11, 2016 at 8:34 AM

      Marva,
      I think we all need little reminders at times:) When I am able to be fully present, it brings such peace and meaning to each moment – it blesses me! Have a wonderful week!

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