On Making (and Taking) Time

I love the above quote. I don’t know the history of it, where it was first said or who first said it, but it has become a bit of a mantra for me. Whenever I feel like I don’t have enough time, which is quite often these days, I remind myself of this quote and I embrace my inner Beyoncé.

If I want to do things, if I want to get things done, if I want to become the person I want to be, then I need to make the time for it.

This has become especially apparent as I enter day five of my yoga challenge. I like to plan things out in advance, so I often schedule my workouts at least a week out. I use the MINDBODY app to register for all my classes and the I write this schedule in my day planner (I’m a pen and paper kind of girl). And just when I feel like everything is in it’s place, I hear from a friend or a family member asking me to meet for dinner, someone invites me to an event, a show comes up that I want to see, I realize I need to take an evening to do laundry, I realize I’m behind on my school readings, I remember I have three freelance articles to write, my body hurts from doing so many classes, I’m tired and want to just sit on my couch and watch House of Cards, I want to cook a nice meal for my boyfriend, I want to go shopping for my upcoming trip to Cuba, I need to get back into the habit of running three times a week, I have to go to work in the morning.

When I start thinking about all the things I have going on in my life, it can start to feel overwhelming. I may question how I’ll have the time to do all of these things I want to do.  It may be easy for me to turn down invitations on the account I am too busy. But I’ve realized we’re all busy, Beyoncé’s busy, and if I want to accomplish these things and live the life I want to live then I need to make certain things a priority. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and what we choose to do with those 24 hours is at our own discretion.

So I’ve started asking myself a single question about each commitment, goal, responsibility and invitation: How important is it to me?

And if it’s important, I don’t say that I don’t have the time. I don’t say “no, I’m too busy.” I make the time. And if it’s not important, then I pass. And I don’t feel guilty about it.

There’s a balance that needs to be achieved. You need to make the time for other people and things that matter to you, for your passions and your goals, but you also need to take some time for yourself. Beyoncé once said she never has time to chill, so maybe we don’t want to be like Beyoncé all the time.  Sometimes we need to slow down. Sometimes our priority needs to be our selves. I will go into these next 25 days, as I continue to embark on this yoga challenge, with the intention of trying to achieve this balance. And maybe I’ll reach my goal of 30 classes, and maybe I won’t, but either way I now have an increased awareness of the significance of prioritizing time.

And just like that, five days in, yoga has taught me another lesson.

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