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:

  1. 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.
  2. No dinner meal repeats within the 4 weeks.
  3. I have created shopping lists for each week
  4. 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.

Will you?

36 thoughts on “Time.

  1. Awesome! I have been off of social media for the past two years. I enjoyed my break a lot! I have so much more time and head space. Good luck! You got this! I love the menu planning that is a very great system.

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  2. Being 20, I can say social media is a big part of my life. Sometimes I love it, other times I hate it. It’s a good way to keep in touch with my blogging friends and update them on my life, but other times it consumes what little social life I actually have. I need to find a happy medium. Loved reading ๐Ÿ’™

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  3. There’s a lovely, tranquil and alive vibe to your blog, both the pictures and your words. Looking forward to as you search for your own path. Not easy; life, technology, it all tempts. You sound as if you have a good idea of what’s important. For you. Kudos.

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  4. I’ve haven up Facebook and instagram also. The only thing I map my go in Facebook for is a book club, then I remind myself thday I won’t be going to my news feed or doing anything else. It’s great that you are able to have more time with your kids. I’ve always wanted to meal plan, I’m just not there yetโœ๐Ÿฝ, it seems I don’t yet have what I need to correctly meal plan. The way you are doing it sounds great!

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  5. Interesting! I decided to minimize fb usage by 95% only checking it twice a week for event invites. I also found that I have a lot more time now:) I started that back in December and have enjoyed the time writing blog posts!:)
    Also, it is amazing you are able to stick to the grocery list and not deviate from it. That takes a lot of will-power. Kudos to you!:)

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  6. Could not agree any more than I already do with what you said. I quit using facebook last year and Iโ€™m so glad I did because I want to experience life in a raw way, not a virtual way!

    The meal planning idea is genius. Its so hard to be able to save money but making lists and organization really do help.

    Lovely read! Thanks โค๏ธ

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    1. I love that you’ve quit fb for so long! You’re so right, you can’t experience life through a screen. I love menu planning. I’m working on Autumn’s menu at the moment. And have been typing out the recipes. That way, whoever is home first can make dinner if needed! Thank you for your comment.

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  7. Hey there.! What’s your name?
    I read your about page but couldnโ€™t find your name.
    Looking forward to explore your blog. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Lovely meeting you.

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