I wanted to share something I learned several years ago about the law of cause of effect. I was reading an article, and the author commented how he always got free books from different and often unexpected places. Then it occurred to him that he was always giving away free books, and he had unknowingly opened this flow for free books to come back to him.
When we give, we open the flow!
I have always been a believer in tithing. I have always paid tithing on money earned, and I have watched money and needed resources flow back to me. I noticed a big difference in what flowed back to me if I paid my tithing with fear and resentment (out of duty) or if I paid my tithing with love and gratitude for all God has blessed me with! The love and gratitude really opened the flow!
So I decided to test the principle to see if it would work with time. I feel like I have been busy and overwhelmed my whole life! I felt like I was already giving so much of my time to service and volunteering, but when I stopped and got honest with myself I discovered that I was serving and volunteering out of duty. So I started putting my heart into it. I started serving with love and gratitude, and not only did the service become more enjoyable, but it seemed to take less time– opening up more time for me to pursue my goals!
In addition to the needs of my husband and 3 children, I am the choir pianist at church, I am the president of the children’s auxiliary at church, I am the chair for Staff Appreciation at the elementary school, and I am starting my own coaching business. Somedays I am amazed at how much I can accomplish in a single day! As I put my heart into serving, my capacity to serve seems to increase! I feel like I am able to accomplish more in less time!
Having said that, if you are overextended with how much service and volunteering you are doing, you may find it necessary to prioritize the service and volunteering. I had to learn that I couldn’t do it all right now — and I needed to give others the opportunity to be needed and to step up and serve! I learned to follow my heart and volunteer where I felt like I could make the time commitment and make a difference, and let the other opportunities go to someone else! (I think of it as keeping the vacuum there so the right person will be able to fill it!)
I have always been and always will be very conscious of time management. I find that if I don’t set aside specific time to work on my goals (I’m a morning person so the best time for me is usually right when I wake up), then I waste a lot of time and don’t progress with my goals very much.
I also find it necessary to take time just for me! I love to read, and sometimes I treat myself to a fun book to read, and I hog that time all to myself! It’s wonderful! Other people love to shop, scrapbook, cook… When planning your time, be sure to plan time to do those fun things that you love!
What are some other ideas you use to manage your busy lives? I’d love to hear more ideas…
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