There’s often much talk about pursing our dreams, accomplishing our goals, and fulfilling our vision. Having a dream, goal, and vision is not enough. We have to take steps to fulfill them. The ultimate key to achieving them is not necessarily being more passionate. We may already have passion. It may not be in getting more clarity. We may know exactly what God is calling you to do. The ultimate key is found in our clock. It’s in our ability to utilize the time we already have to work on our dream. My dream to write my first book, Lost In Love, remained in mind for years. The book became a reality when I scheduled the time to actually write it. Lost In Love is not only a product of passion, but of a series of calendar days kept.
Unfortunately, we still only have 24 hours in a day. We can’t get more time, but we can redeem the time we’ve been given. Ephesians 5:16 speaks of “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Here are five areas where we tend to throw away our time. These may be areas where we can begin redeeming time to reallocate towards working on our dreams and goals.
1. Social Media
One of the greatest platforms for connecting with people is also one of the biggest time wasters. The average person in the United States spends 3.2 hours on social media per day. That’s close to 28 hours a week! Meanwhile, we wonder why we can’t find time to complete our goals. We may even tweet and post about not having enough time……….I’ll let that one sink in for a moment. I love social media, but if I’m not careful, it can take time away from things of greater importance.
We spend an average of 2.8 hours sitting in front of a TV screen. According to Nielsen’s, the average U.S. American spends more than 34 hours a week watching live TV and an addition three to six hours watching taped programs. This is equivalent to working another full-time job! Thanks to Hulu, DVR and Netflix, we can now binge view our favorite TV shows. Hours of uninterrupted, commercial free television! We just may start seeing progress if we trade in a few episodes for more time.
Football season is upon us! Most people will spend six to ten hours a week watching football. This is not even including baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, or wrestling! You may have to skip a few games, or even an entire season, if you want to move your vision forward.
We head to the local happy hour to unwind after a stressful day. We go to a nightclub to dance the blues away. We go out with the fellas to grab a few drinks. The more people you know, the more parties you will be invited to. You may have to turn down some invitations to work on your dream.
What are some other areas where we can redeem time to focus on our dreams, visions, and goals? You can leave a comment by clicking here.