I’m not sure why, but it’s been on my heart to share this post. So, here we go.
Oftentimes, we have a dream and goals… but then we have our life crammed full of responsibilities and things we can’t let go or slide. Mortgages need to be paid. Babies need love. Toilets need scrubbed. And then, we never explore our dream because we simply don’t have time… or so we think.
Maybe it’s finishing a degree, getting certification, paying off debt, saving up for a down payment, starting a new hobby, getting in shape, launching a business, sharing your voice via a blog, start a thrifting business, open an Air BnB, etc. Whatever your dreams and goals are, the reality is… we all do have time. Not hours on end, but little pockets here and there. Yes, even mamas of littles have this. And we can make steps each day towards our goal if we recognize these pockets of time.
What you do everyday, is more important than what you do once in a while.
And, this is what I refer to as fringe hours. I read this book a couple years ago. Here’s part of the brief Amazon description, “Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? Every woman has had this experience: you get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you. And if you go days, weeks, or even months in this cycle, you begin to feel like you have lost a bit of yourself. Take back the fringe hours–those little pockets of time you already have in your day–in order to make time for your passions and practice self-care.”
This book not only reaffirmed what I’d already been doing, but also encouraged me to continue finding those little bits of time here and there. I had to stop daydreaming of the day when I’d have hours on end to work on my goals…because that’s not what my life looks like now with little kids and a business. I had to simply start making progress on my goals and dreams now… with my fringe hours, those small pockets of time throughout my day slowly marking off a few tasks on my to do list.
A little progress every day adds up to BIG results.
Little steps on your goal each day adds up to accomplishing that goal. 4 15 minute chunks equal a hour. 2 30 minute chunks equal one hour. You have to retrain your brain to think this way. A hour in the morning and a hour in the evening equals TWO HOURS. This is enough time to write a blog post, get a workout in, design a graphic, paint a bathroom vanity, read a couple chapters, work on your hobby… you name it. Keep a daily to do list and slowly chip away at it.
If you want to experience significant progress towards your goal, you need to be intentional about the work you’re doing every day.
To be honest, I can forget what my goals are. I find myself with a little bit of time and my mind comes up blank in regards to what I want to accomplish. And then, as we all know, the slippery slop of social media comes into play and the suddenly the time is GONE… again.
Here’s what I’ve found to help combat this. Just try this list and see what time you find on your hands.
- Make a list of your goals where you can always see them… I write my goals down in my planner and keep a sticky note on my laptop so I can easily refer to it.
- Keep a daily to do list so you are not lost when you come across those pockets of time.
- Break down those goals into mini, achievable chunks
- Limit or eliminate social media (you will be AMAZED at how much time you have… and use it as a reward if you get your other to-dos done)
- Limit or eliminate Netflix (one show tops! or save it for Friday night relaxing… with sushi!)
- Get up earlier… the days I get up before my kids, I’m SHOCKED at everything I can get done and all the mental space I have to just be with and enjoy my family. My goal is to have one hour BY MYSELF before the kids are up.
- Prioritize your health so you have energy to give to those around you
And, always keep in mind that there are seasons to life… not every day will go the same. Not every week is the same and not every season is the same. You have to be flexible and keep the big picture of life in mind. But, this why I love the term fringe hours. So, start identifying those pockets of time you already have and make the most of them. And remember…
Small steps every day.