Filling Time

Time is a limited resource. We each have the same amount each day, week, year. Since we cannot create more time, it’s important to use the time we have the best we can. To do this, we need to determine what is truly important to us. From there, we can decide how to prioritize what we do with our time, how we fill our time.

There are some things that we might not want to do, but we need to do. Going to work and earning money to buy the things we want could be an example. (Although, if you don’t enjoy your work, you might want to consider why and make changes.) Other examples include responsibilities like housework and yard work. (An option might be to hire someone else to do them.)

Some things to consider in prioritizing how you fill your time is to think about the impact for the future as well as for today. Will there be an impact a year from now, ten years from now? Will you remember it a year from now, ten years from now? Will your children and grandchildren remember how clean you kept the house or the Sunday afternoon ice cream runs? For example, making time for a family vacation is something that you and your family will remember for the rest of your lives.

Another challenge is that how we prioritize our time and how others want us to prioritize our time might not be the same. In fact, it usually isn’t. In these cases. remember that it is acceptable to tell people “no.”

It’s difficult to find the right balance between “need to do” and “want to do.” Don’t worry if you are not finding the right balance every day. Are you finding the right balance most days?

I feel like I am always busy, but I don’t always feel like I am doing what is most important. I might be doing what is most immediate, but that doesn’t mean that is necessarily a high priority item.

Don’t fill your time with things that aren’t that important. Focus on what is truly important, not just for today, but for the future. Just because your time is full, doesn’t mean that it’s leading to the life you want.

The Importance of Self-Reflection

If we want to change our life, we sometimes need to change things outside of ourselves, external to ourselves. We might need to change our job or even our career. We might need to change or even leave relationships if the person is no longer supportive of us. We might need to change where we live or change our lifestyle.

If, however, we don’t change what is inside of us, what is internal to us, we might find that external changes are not enough. Often, we need to change who we are to make lasting changes in our life.

Changing ourselves involves self-reflection. We need to look deep inside our hearts and minds to see who we really are. We need to shine a light in the dark, dusty corners to see what is there. We will probably find things that we are not happy with, that we are not proud of. That’s okay. We are human. We need to acknowledge and accept what we find. Once we do that, then we can decide how we want to change.

While we are looking inside ourselves, we will also find wonderful things. We need to take credit for and embrace the positives as well. Finding the light in us can help us in managing the dark.

Self-reflection is an integral part of personal growth, of becoming who we truly want to be, and in creating the life we desire. It can be painful in the short-term, but it is well-worth it in the long-term. I encourage you to find the courage to reflect upon who you are and why.

Now Published! “52 Weeks of Wisdom, A Woman’s Guide to Self-Empowerment, Volume 2”

I am extremely happy to announce that the second volume of 52 Weeks of Wisdom, A Woman’s Guide to Self-Empowerment is now available.

We all have power within us. We all have the right to use that power. Often, however, we don’t give ourselves permission to do so. Self-empowerment is when we give ourselves permission, and take the responsibility, to become the person we want and to create the life we desire.

52 Weeks of Wisdom, Volume 2, provides 52 additional ides to encourage you to think about yourself and your life. Who are you and who do you want to be? What do you have and what do you want? Reflecting on these suggestions will assist you not only in answering these questions, but also in implementing plans to achieve the answers.

Topics include:

  • Respected or Liked?
  • “Why” vs. “What”
  • Personal and Positional Power
  • Dream or Daydream?
  • Expectations

No matter where you are in your journey of self-empowerment, this book will assist you in reaching your destination.

The book is available as a paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is available as an eBook from Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. Go to www.SusanLFarrell.com for links for each supplier and format.