You CAN Add More Time to Your Day

Everything we do requires a choice. We make choices when we wake up, eat food, get dressed, answer the phone — it’s all a choice. Although our choices are not always contemplated or obvious, they are choices nonetheless. And if we don’t choose our tasks and time deliberately, we can unknowingly allow important things to slip through the cracks.

We often hear people say they wish they had more hours in a day. Well, the experts say that for every one minute you spend planning, you will gain ten in execution. WOW! Over time, those minutes add up. You can do the math. So now the question is – Are we going to take the time to plan, and if so, how do we plan?

Start With the End Result in Mind

Time management is about starting with the end result in mind, and then working backward to achieve our goals. That’s really what this is about — setting goals and then figuring out our priorities. If we don’t do this, life just seems to happen to us, and years slip past us without any real significant achievements to speak of.

Just as we parent on purpose, we need to live on purpose, and we need to teach our kids how to do the same thing.

When we prioritize, we wake up to a purpose. Prioritizing means we are looking at our things to do and assigning weight to each one. As the day plays out and things are thrown at us, our first thought should be, “Does this fit on the priority list?”

First Things First

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been focusing on coaching our kids to be entrepreneurs. Prioritizing and time management is a skill they most definitely need to master.

Let’s START by teaching our kids that their first priority is to their home and their family. Our young business people need to understand that home and school (in that order) come before anything else.

What are their duties in the home? When can they complete those? Cleaning and cooking and caring for our houses and cars and yards are a reality, and our kids have a part in that because they live there. But those things take time.

We want to raise adults who know how to make their family a top priority. We see a lot of dads struggling with this. They’re typically out of the house for most of the day, and often it’s the moms who handle the bulk of the household duties, including taking care of the kids. But many moms also struggle with striking a balance between work and home. We want our kids to grow up feeling a sense of responsibility for their home and for the people in their home, but that means intentionally carving out time for both.

School is #2

After family and home life, a kid’s next priority is school work. If they have an assignment or a test or a paper due, it needs to come before any business-related tasks or hobby or social time. Over a Christmas or summer break, when school isn’t necessarily a priority, our budding entrepreneurs can potentially spend more time building a business, if that’s what they choose.

Figuring It Out

Schedule a meeting with your kiddo, or take her out to dinner and have a date night. Bring your notebook and pen and TALK! Write down all of her responsibilities in your home, school and business. Ask her what her goals are in each area. Map out the hours she has in a day. Ask her how much time she thinks she’ll need in each area. Then assign each task the allotted time.

Next make a list of the things she WANTS to do. That’s her wish list. Assign time to those. Then comes the hard part — figuring out what’s really doable and what she needs to let go of. One of two things will happen. She will either see they she has more time than she thought (meaning she’s probably been sucked in by some time wasters) or she’ll will figure out that it’s no wonder she couldn’t fit it all in because she actually has less time than she thought.

Ultimately, that’s what our kids have to figure out.

  • What are their priorities?
  • What do they value?
  • What do they want to accomplish?

Once they know that, they can figure out how much time they’re willing to devote to each thing.

What we DON’T want is for them to live without a plan.

Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Our goal is to parent on purpose, and we want our kids to grow up living on purpose.

Let’s be proactive and take the time to plan and prioritize so that we don’t end up living reactively to the day’s events as they occur. It’s the difference between allowing life to just happen to us and creating the life we want by prioritizing with the end result in mind.

Join us this Saturday on Parenting On Purpose with Jenni and Jody, as we talk about time management skills for the young entrepreneur. Manasota friends can listen to 1220AM or 106.9FM or 98.9FM, and everyone else can head over to the WSRQ Radio Website and listen live streaming at 10:00AM ET or download a mobile app to listen on the go.

Jody Hagaman

Jody Hagaman and her husband Tony have three kids, ages 16 to 27. Jody’s story of how her son asked to be homeschooled has inspired tens of thousands of families around the nation. A true homeschooling success story, that son is now an attorney in New Hampshire and is the New England Regional Director of The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan organization dedicated to advocating responsible fiscal policy. As a community leader, Jody has served on the board of directors of many local non-profit organizations. Her work experience as a corrections officer on a crisis intervention team inspired her to make a difference in the lives of the next generation. She and Jenni co-host a weekly radio show, write a syndicated weekly column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about living on purpose with excellence and raising kids with the end result in mind.

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Jody Hagaman and her husband Tony have three kids, ages 16 to 27. Jody’s story of how her son asked to be homeschooled has inspired
tens of thousands of families around the nation. A true homeschooling success story, that son is now an attorney in New Hampshire and is the New England Regional Director of The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan
organization dedicated to advocating responsible fiscal policy.

As a community leader, Jody has served on the board of directors of many local non-profit organizations. Her work experience as a corrections officer on a crisis intervention team inspired her to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.

She and Jenni co-host a weekly radio show, write a syndicated weekly column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about living on purpose with excellence and raising kids with the end result in mind.

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