Being Busy Does Not Equal a Full Life

In today’s world, it seems like everyone strives to be busy, to keep a full calendar, and to over commit themselves.  Everyone is overwhelmed, stressed, and missing out on what really matters.  This is not how you live a full life.  Having a full life does not mean you are constantly busy.  Having a full life means that you make time for things that matter most to you, and get rid of everything that is not essential.

People wonder why depression, stress, and disease is so prevalent.  It is because people are mentally and physically exhausted.  They over book their calendars to be involved in so many social activities.  It seems like the days fly by and they haven’t gotten anything accomplished.

We as a society have over complicated our lives.  I truly believe the devil is using this to his advantage.  Think about it, we stay so busy that we don’t have time to do a devotion, pray, or read the Bible.  I am guilty of this.  We get stretched so thin that we are stressed out.  This stress can lead to issues in your marriage, your health, your parenting, and your relationships.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE SO BUSY.  You are in charge of your own life.  You have the option to change what activities you are involved in.  You can take charge of your schedule.  You don’t have to volunteer for everything. You don’t have to go to every social event you are invited to.  You don’t have to let your kids participate in every sport.  You have the option to choose what is most important to you.  You can say no.

Take a look at your schedule today.  What can you eliminate?  What is most important? What is essential? What is not essential?  Block off days to do nothing but rest, recharge, and spend time with your family.  Make room in your schedule for you to enjoy life.

Time is precious.  You can’t get it back.  Make sure you use it wisely.  Your time adds up to be your life.  When things take up your time, they are also taking up your life.  So use your time and your life for things that really matter.

Two books that have really helped me in this area are The Best Yes and Essentialism.  I definitely recommend them both.

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