Boredom. Yes, I said it. And before you throw a brick at me, let me start with saying that I’m speaking from personal experience.
The real reason I don’t manage time well is that old b word.
Boredom grabs a hold of me as soon as I open my eyes in the morning. It’s the real reason I want to grab the covers, pull them back over my head and go back to sleep. I’m bored. What have I look forward to after all? Getting the baby’s diaper changed? Making breakfast, lunch and dinner? Going over 2 + 3 drills? Sounding out h-a-t one more time? Yawn. Let’s go to bed already.
In my desire to give my children a good upbringing while managing money wisely, I am often bored. And because I’m bored, I squander time.
I mean, why should I care about how productive I can be in doing dishes or meal planning for twenty minutes if the rest of the day stretches intolerably long in front of me with never-ending squabbles between siblings? Who cares how quickly I can get done with school if there’s nothing else to do but make dinner, clean up and plan it again for tomorrow in an endless loop? Isn’t Facebook drama then way more exciting?
But wait. Here’s the thing. Once I realized boredom was the real reason for my lack of desire to manage my time well, it was relatively easy to fix.
So today think about this: what can you do (besides get embroiled in drama of the social media and/or streaming kind) that will make your life less boring without spending tons of money? What are your passions that you have supposedly set aside after having children?
I’ll tell you mine. I love learning. I have a few pet obsessions, if you will, that I cycle through on a pretty regular basis: history, finance, teaching, theology, weight lifting, planning, organizing, business, psychology. I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something.
However, I find that I can usually find something to work on every day that grabs my interest in this pile. And the sooner I get done with my usual routine, the more time I have to devote to these. And in today’s internet age, you can learn anything you want online. Podcasts, internet radio, books, blogs, e-readers, streaming videos – frankly, it’s an exciting time to learn!
Some of my friends like to make things and if you’re crafty, it’s even more important to manage your time better to get that big chunk of time to make something, to build, to create. You are after all made in God’s image, too. I’ll end with this quote from Edith Schaeffer that I found particularly relevant:
“It is true that all men are created in the image of God, but Christians are supposed to be conscious of that fact, and being conscious of it should recognize the importance of living artistically, aesthetically, and creatively, as creative creatures of the Creator. If we have been created in the image of an Artist, then we should look for expressions of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for us.”
There is beauty all around you. There isn’t enough time to be bored.
I’m guessing you’ve probably said this to your children. Now say it to yourself and take it to heart.