Proverbs 19:15 – Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger (ESV).

Proverbs 31:27 – She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness (ESV).

Do you ever wish that you could learn a new skill or develop a new habit and then decide that you do not have the time? I do this so often! Right now, I am wishing that I could play the piano and speak fluent Spanish. I have been telling myself that I am busy with work and whatnot, but the truth is that I am choosing not to make time.

I notice that we have time for things that we consider essential. Have you ever considered not brushing your teeth or wearing shoes because you don’t have time? Of course not! I believe that if something is truly important to us, we will do it.

There are points in our lives when we do have to prioritize and decide that something is not important enough for us to spend time on. What I am trying to do is to choose where my time goes instead of letting my day decide for me. I want to make a conscious choice about the time that I spend.

The other day I spent 30 minutes sitting on my couch looking inconsequential things up on my phone. I certainly could have spent 30 minutes playing the piano instead. A few minutes here and there adds up so quickly and then a whole day passes without me doing the things that I would like to think are my priorities.

One thing that has been enormously helpful for me is establishing routines. If I know that I run every night or clean my apartment right after dinner, I can do it without thinking about it. When I want to add a new skill or habit to my life I think about what time would work best and then schedule it in so I don’t forget.

This is a hard balance for me because I sometimes I tend to push myself too hard and not let myself take breaks when I need them, but just as often I find myself wasting minutes that could add up to be something great. I hope that we never feel guilty about a well-deserved break, but also that we are committed to working hard when we should be working. During periods of my life that I feel that I have used my time well, I have been astonished at the things I have accomplished by God’s grace. Don’t underestimate the power of the few minutes here and there in your day, girls! The things you can do with your time might surprise you.