3 Time-Tested Tips for Making the Most of Time

Ever feel like time gets away from you, or am I the only one? Our past few months have been particular. Between our month-long stay in the USA, jetlag, and tending to special projects, I haven’t gotten much writing done.

You see, since becoming mortgage-free, we’re now able to tend to little projects we’ve had to put off! Like buying a wardrobe and a dining room hutch, which meant a lot of reorganizing.

So I’ve been making do for the past 10 years, but it’s been a battle to keep everything neat and organized. Proper storage areas can really make a big difference. And although it took a lot of organizing and rearranging, I think I’ve nearly conquered the storage blues!!

At the used store we found a little hutch, the perfect size and at a great price! And from IKEA we bought a linen/coat wardrobe. A first in all our years here, and such a help! No more emptying half the clothing wardrobe to get to stuff buried in the back! Though small, it holds all our linens, bedding, guest pillows, coats and jackets!

At any rate, I’ve gotten household things pretty much under control, and even mastered the crazy new WordPress editor. So I’m hoping to get back to regular blogging, with the Lord’s help! But in the meantime, I’d like to share 3 tips I’m learning on how to make the most of our time.

3 key tips for making the most of our time:

1. Guard against addictions.

Decide if social media, TV, movies, video games, or whatever keeps you from doing what you should do or really want to do is worth the time drain.

2. Beat procrastination by remembering the benefits of getting things done.

Don’t you feel better when you’ve accomplished more and fulfilled your duties? Completing tasks, regardless how small, will help you instantly feel better. And energize you to move on to bigger and greater things!

3. Be more time conscious.

We sometimes lose track of how little time we have, and how important it is. We have so few hours in our day, our week, even our year. Why fritter that time away, when we could be doing worthwhile things that would benefit our own or others’ lives?

I think we’re all guilty of these errors sometimes. It takes real effort to keep on track. To say no or hit the off button, and then to get up and get busy.

But who knows, by making the effort, cutting out the side distractions, and using self-control maybe we’ll actually pursue those dreams we’ve only talked about. Like writing that book, setting up a new business, starting a blog, or learning something new, like music or a language. Things that are not only a lot more useful than social media, video games, or movies. But things that could enrich your own life and the lives of others too!

Which of these is your weakest spot?

Feeding addictions? Procrastinating? Forgetting how important and limited our time is? Or all three? They’re easy habits to fall into.

But the solution is to focus on what you really want to do with your life. Decide how you want to make your life count. Write out your dreams and goals. Then every time you’re tempted to fall back into bad habits, take it out and read it.

And then catch up with time before it gets too far ahead of you!

Published by Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

9 thoughts on “3 Time-Tested Tips for Making the Most of Time

  1. I really feel that this is something we all need to remember during the holidays. For me especially, I feel like time gets away from me so quickly now that I’m working 2 jobs and going to school! This post was a great reminder for me (especially the social media part). Thanks for sharing!


    1. I can really understand how time would get away from you Jane, working 2 jobs + school! And then add the holidays in too… Wow! I guess you really do need reminders on good time management! Hope this post was helpful!


  2. How delightful that you can finally have a place for everything. We, too, are the owners of a perfect hutch, found at a second-hand warehouse. One more thing we have in common! And one more testimony of God’s provision. / This post provides worthy suggestions for keeping on track. One particular word stood out to me from your post: useful. If I ask myself frequently throughout the day, “Is this activity useful?” my choices would surely be fine-tuned to productive, God-honoring tasks. Thank you, Sheila!


    1. Thanks Nancy! It’s not exactly the style I would have liked. But our ceilings are really quite particular, and we couldn’t find one anywhere. So it was quite amazing when we saw the short little hutch sitting there. We had nearly given up on finding one. I’d like to see a picture of your perfect hutch!

      And yes, it would be amazing if we would always remember to question our activities. God has really been dealing with me a lot about dedicating more time to him. It’s so easy to get taken up with side issues!


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