How do you spend your time? I mean, really think about how you spend your time. Yesterday, I gave up Facebook and Instagram for the month of March (a challenge by another writer), and so far, there is so much freedom! I don’t feel compelled to open up the apps to “just take a look for a second” and then emerge an hour later having been drawn down into the rabbit hole, deeply self absorbed. I have so much more time! And I’m only on day 2! I will say that there is information that I want to search for and my first thought is that I can ask on facebook. Then I remember that I’m not going to. And it’s not that big a deal surprisingly.
My verse today is from Colossians 4 and is about time.
We need to be careful with it. We truly can only spend a minute once. There are no do-overs. No second chances.
I have a family that I want to spend as much time with as I can, because I workpart time, this means that the other days are potentially housework catch up days, and grocery shopping days. Now, I could order my groceries online, but it’s so expensive! Which means that I have to continue working and in turn have even less time.
So to begin with, I have come up with a system of meal planning 4 weeks at a time then repeating that menu for the season. This is how I’ve done it:
- I cook on Friday for two days, Sunday for two days and Tuesday two meals (one for Tuesday and one for Wednesday and Thursday) only.
- No dinner meal repeats within the 4 weeks.
- I have created shopping lists for each week
- A copy of the meal plan and the shopping lists are in my everday file for easy access to photocopy.
This has worked really well. It has:
- Cut down the time I spend meal planning and writing out lists each week,
- Saved me so much money because I have a list and don’t deviate from it,
- Saved my sanity.
It means more time with my kids and less time thinking about what I’m going to make for dinner this week. I’m currently planning my autumn menu and in addition to the shopping list I’m going to add another sleeve for recipes. All in one convenience.
Spending my time well is so important to me. I know, KNOW that I’ll never look back on life and say “I wish I’d spent more time on facebook”. The regrets that I’ll have, and do already have is the time that I didn’t spend with my kids. The best part is that I have the opportunity right now to do that.