In September, Cord and Cale started budgeting in an app on their phones. Organized Cordelia LOVES the process of knowing what she's spending and where. It keeps her accountable when she has to look at the numbers. The money budget got her thinking . . . Where else am I not holding my self accountable to my intentions? Where else am I out of integrity?
That's easy, TIME!
We have 24 hours in a day. No one has more or less than we do. Yet sometimes we feel rich in time and other times not-so-much. It depends on our spending habits. One of the things we’ve learned is that we feel richer when we have margin. When all our time is scheduled away, even to things that really matter to us, everything feels like an obligation. This leads to stress and anxiety, if not a little soul suffering.
Margin is that little bit extra, like the money in a savings account. It’s not budgeted for bills and other routine expenses. It’s reserved. This extra allows us to live slower, and spend more on things just for the pleasure of it. The extra time to put in a little extra effort actually feels like luxury. Maybe this is just us, but we’ve talked to many friends who feel short on time. They would perhaps do very different things than us if they found some, and that’s awesome. All that really matters is that we ALL find some time and give it back to ourselves mindfully.
So we created an exercise. In it, you can list your priorities, log your time, and then make changes to align the two. One of my (Maddie) priorities is being able to do some things slow without a deadline. One of my (Cord's) priorities is to invest in wellness. Perhaps yours is to read more or get outside or nap. Whatever it may be, here’s to getting it down on paper, and then finding time to devote to it.
As with our Declutter Workbook, Cord has done the exercise and we’ve linked it so you can see an example.
We’d love to know what you discover. What makes you feel rich in time?
What do you spend your time savings on? Share with us in a comment!