Like loads of other people, Ben and I have a budget. We have a budget and plan our spending, allocating amounts to food, rent, bills, giving, saving, socialising, treats, etc etc. We have a plan for our money. But why is it that most of us have a budget for money but not for our time? We have a plan for what we spend but we can always get more money. It’s unlimited. The country print more of it, we can earn more, work for more, bring in more. But time? Time is finite. It’s limited. We each only get 24hrs a day. We sleep for 8 of them and then decide what to do with the other 16hours that we’re awake.
We need to budget our time to stay close to God. Do we budget parts of the day to spend on prayer? Bible study? Going to church? Are there tasks in my life that I spend more time on than they’re really worth? How much time do I spend cleaning? Most of my Saturday? Is dusting really worth that much of my time? How much time are things like TV, internet shopping, household chores and emailing really worth? How much time do I want to dedicate to them?
Often I’ll complain that I don’t have enough time to do half the stuff that I want to. But I spend way too much time on the internet, on my phone or watching repeats of TV shows on E4, maybe I just need to go offline, put my phone down and turn off the TV!
By setting a time budget for certain activities, I can always make sure that my time is being spent on what is most important to me; time with God, time with family, time with friends, mentors/mentees, creating things, exercise, having fun, reading etc etc.
I recently saw this planner by Crystal Wilkerson which is all about budgeting your time. I like making my own with this kind of thing but it has some fun ideas in it too!