You Need to Avoid These Time Traps

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If you don’t protect what matters to you, no one else will. That’s why I created a list of 25 ways to protect your time—so you can say no without causing any hurt feelings. The next time a friend or family member asks you to add something to your already full plate, you can politely pass with confidence. Download the guide now for free!


Most People Do This 100 Times a Day. Do You? 

We constantly think that we just need more time. But you know what? That's actually not the problem. The problem is not the amount of time that we have. The problem is how we use it. We all have the exact same number of hours in a day, so we can't get more time. But what we can do is change how we use the time that we have. So where are you spending your time?

Here are my top three time wasters:

  • People pleasing
  • Being the hero
  • Checking out

Spending our one life on what we care about sounds so simple doesn’t it? But it’s so hard to do because of these time traps. We end up spending all of our time over here when what we actually care about is over there. There’s a gap between what we care about and what we actually spend our life on.

My challenge for you is to look at your life through the lens of priorities. It's not about doing everything for an equal amount of time. Life balance is about doing the right things at the right time. What matters is that you spend your one life on what's most important to you.

Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List? Live Coaching With Misty McCraw

We’re doing something brand new: Misty McCraw (a longtime Academy member) joins me in the studio today for live coaching! Misty shares some of her biggest struggles when it comes to time management. I coach her as we sort through her priorities together and find out what it looks like to be successful when it comes to managing the endless to-do list.

Do You Feel Guilty About How You Spend Your Time? 

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” — 2 Corinthians 9:7–8 (NIV)

This verse usually refers to giving with tithes and offerings. But I think it’s also a great reminder when it comes to how we use our time. We should spend our time on things that are important to us—on things that God has placed in front of us—and not out of guilt or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Your life is made up of how you spend your time. I think it's important to God that we are good stewards with the time He has given us. Write down your answers to these questions:

  1. What steals your time the most?
  2. Where do you feel guilt or resentment around how you spend your time?
  3. What are your top priorities? What's most important to you? You only get to pick a couple.
  4. Does your calendar reflect what you just wrote down as your most important priorities?
  5. What changes do you sense that God might be asking you to make when it comes to how you spend your time?