I find myself in a season of life where I have not left myself much margin and I am paying for it. I wish I could say that this is the first time but it is not. This is becoming a pattern that I need to change.
When I don’t leave any margin in my life I find myself exhausted all the time.
I become more irritable at home with my wife and kids.
I begin to lose my passion and joy.
Life just becomes about making it through the day.
I don’t like feeling this way and I know that I am the only person who can change this.
3 ways to build margin into our lives:
I know that I still have a lot to learn when it comes to building margin into my life but here are 3 ways that resonate with me.
This has always been a weakness for me. There are so many things that I do that can be done by others. A lot of times we don’t delegate because we haven’t given ourselves enough time to plan what needs to be done. We need to give ourselves sufficient time to accomplish tasks so that we can involve others in the process.
It is so easy to get caught up in the tyranny of the urgent rather than focusing on the most important things. As I said in the previous point, we need to give ourselves sufficient time to accomplish tasks. In order to do this, we need to prioritize. There are always going to be things that have to be done. Our job is to decide which things need our attention immediately and which things can be done at a later time.
This is something that we need to be doing regularly. It is critical to build times of rest into our lives. We need to set aside one day a week to refresh ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. We also need to prioritize times of rest into every day too. Take your coffee and lunch breaks. Don’t bring your work home. Go for a walk after supper.
Do you struggle with building margin into your life? How do you build margin into your life?
***** A book that I highly recommend on this subject: Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion