“I’ll do it later.” “We will do it next time.” Most of us are prone to dilly-dallying, thinking that we always have plenty of time for ourselves to do what needs to be done. I, for one, am guilty of letting procrastination take over my schedule. This usually happens when I am taking a break after my chores or while lying down with my kids for nap time. Yes, rest is important to recharge our mind and body, but sometimes, I tend to overdo it, thinking that I owe myself an extra hour to extend and rest some more. This over-extension affects my ME LIST, the list I created for myself to work on my personal projects. Yesterday, procrastination made me realize that I don’t have that much time. I don’t mean to sound morbid here, but, I suddenly get reminded of what is written in Psalm 90:12, which says:
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
I should think that my time is running out so I can stay focused on what needs to be done not only for my family but for myself as well. This verse gave me a jolt and that much-needed self-motivation to work on my ME LIST consistently, no matter how slow it may be. If I can allot a few minutes to do these things, I will be able to accomplish more over time. Also, in case of a misstep or failure along the way, I still have time to bounce back, regroup, and start again.
Extended rest and procrastination are not the only ones that cause delay. There are those that I refer to as time-wasters, which I will enumerate below. As the term suggests, these are activities take time away from the more important and valuable. Time-wasters somewhat attract us into engaging in them, and before we know it, we spent too much precious time that we could have spent doing more meaningful and productive activities.
- Browsing on online shopping apps when we don’t really need anything. The danger in this virtual form of window shopping is that it could result into impulse buying of sometthing that we don’t really need.
- Too much time on social media. Studies were made before indicating that it does more harm to our mental health, and on certain ocassions, our safety, rather than the promulgated idea of establishing connections.
- Spending time on one-way relationships that are, more often than not, toxic and unhealthy. We need to keep a safe distance, if we can’t altogether get out from them, for our own sanity and for the people whom we really matter.
- Dwelling on negative thoughts and past hurts. No need to elaborate on this.
Number our days. The wisest thing to do is to always be intentional and mindful of how we spend our days, and with whom we shared them.
Might print that Canva image above to stick on my corkboard for me to be reminded to always be wise in how I spend my time.