Making Time for What’s Important

What do you think when you hear this expression “You’ve Got Time”. Maybe you think about the Orange is the New Black series and you are now singing the song in your head. Yes, I guess the women in prison have time, lots of time to think for sure.

But you have time too. In fact, we all have the same twenty four hours in a day. How we use them is really up to us. I heard or read somewhere that we never want to say “I need to kill time” Instead say…… “How can I spend this gift of time I have” So much better, right!


Do You Have Time Clutter?

. being so busy with outside events that you come home too tired to do anything else

. keeping busy in your home puttering, moving things around and not really making any obvious progress 

. doing things that others expect of you and not having a voice

. numbing yourself with scrolling on Social Media, Netflix, Video Games, etc.

. keeping yourself busy because it’s hard to slow down and relax

. You feel attached to being productive but continue to avoid certain tasks

. spending time worrying, ruminating, looking for things, researching, thinking about doing something but not taking action, and so much more…….

“My time gets cluttered with………

This is one of the writing prompts in The Decluttering Journal and it was also posed in the Declutter Your Life and Mind Facebook Group this past week. A lot of people talked about the time they spend on social media, video games, Netflix, etc. There is really nothing wrong with any of these things. We all need to find a way to unwind and to give our minds a break. It only becomes a problem when it is too much and at the expense of other things that need to be done. A healthy balance is needed. We might need to set some boundaries with others and even with ourselves. 

What is getting in the way of doing what you want?

What are you doing that you no longer want to be doing? 

What is something you wish you had more time for?

Consider tracking what you do over the week to see how you are spending your time. 

As always, I would love to hear from you. Just reply to kimtremblay@sympatico.ca with any thoughts or questions or comment below.

About Kim

I’m Kim, your go-to Professional Organizer and Virtual Coach! I’m beyond excited to embark on this clutter-free adventure with you. With a background in mental health and a passion for transforming spaces, I bring a holistic approach to decluttering. It’s not just about neatening up physical spaces; it’s about fostering a mindset shift that radiates throughout your life. I founded Space For You Clear the Clutter, Heal Your Life and have been working with individuals and groups for about 15 years. I've also trained with Professional Organizers of Canada and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.
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12 Responses to Making Time for What’s Important

  1. I’ve been pondering the best way to use my time, especially with so many personal things happening. Having some quiet time to reflect on how I am spending my time has been a great help. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic.

  2. Time is our most precious commodity. You use it, or lose it. There’s no saving time for a future event.
    I like the question “is this the best use of my time, right now?” Quite often the answer is “no”.
    Then, you need to think about something that is on the list that can be done. It might be to take a nap, read to a child, or do some prep work.

    • Kim says:

      Hi Diane, Yes, I agree that time is our most precious commodity. I love the question too “Is this the best use of my time, right now?” It can be a hard one though. Thanks for commenting.

  3. These are great questions to consider. In fact, I think I’ll bring them up over a dinner with family this week.

    I especially love “What are you doing that you no longer want to be doing?” I’m sure people will say, “work,” but maybe there are others. I might tag on to the end “that you don’t have to do?” I am as guilty as others as getting drawn into FB and other sites. It’s just so easy, and fills tiny bits of time. But then, those get expanded and I feel bad about wasted time. I’ll be pondering this!

    • Kim says:

      Hi Seana, It is good for us to be aware and reassess where our time is going. It can really get away from us so easily. I hope you enjoy your dinner conversation with your family.

  4. This is such an excellent discussion. We all have time clutter. Your questions are lovely ways to tease out and focus on what we DO want.

    I just returned from vacation. Whenever I go away, my daily patterns and habits change. This past week, I knew how much less time I spent on emails and social media. During my typical work days, there is an emphasis on communication and being responsive.

    It felt great to take a break from that and focus on enjoying time at the lake house with my husband. There were no schedules or agendas. Instead, we enjoyed doing what we felt like instead of what we needed to attend to.

    Clearly, at this stage, we can’t live that way all the time—we’re both still working. However, it was instructive to recognize how I might be able to make small shifts in how I use my time.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Linda, Sounds like you had a nice time away and it can be hard for all of us to not be working for awhile. Yes, I really like the questions and think I will do a little more journaling on them myself.

  5. Time is precious, but some of us (at least at some stages in our lives) have too much time. It’s like how I felt during the pandemic. Yes, I saw some clients virtually, but mostly I had whole swaths of days laid out before me with nothing I had to do, and it made me realize that someday, when I’m retired, I will be really bored if I don’t start thinking about what I do want.

    There’s nothing that I really wish I had more time to do, and nothing (other than “grownup tasks” that *nobody* wants to do) that I’d like to eliminate from my purview. (It’s been decades since I’ve agreed to do anything I don’t actually want to do!) Would I like it if Jeeves the Butler would go grocery shopping and prepare healthy meals for me? You betcha, because I have zero desire to ever do that, and only do it when I must, not because I lack the time, but the desire.

    That doesn’t mean I don’t have a bit of time clutter. Yes, I find myself scrolling social media because, when faced with housework, “I don’t wanna.” When I’ve done time audits, I find that I do pseudo-work (researching for potential blog posts, reading and considering possible future projects) during my personal time because, in an effort to avoid the overscheduled life I had in my prior career, I really minimize what I promise to do. It’s a big like going from overcluttered to minimalist, and realizing that that what I need most is a middle path. Thanks for giving us a reason to think about this more deeply.

    • Kim says:

      Julie, I love your whole thought process on this. You have such a way with words. I think it is hard for a lot of us who are in business for ourselves. We do need to read things online about business and we are always thinking about our next blog post or planning for future projects.

  6. I agree with the other commenters that your questions get to heart of how we can think about how we allocate our hours! Thanks for the thoughtful post!

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