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Time is a choice – how do you spend yours?

Life is all about choices. Time is all about choices. How do you spend yours?

Every day, all day long, you have the choice to take a stand on what you value. Losing yourself in a book or mindlessly scanning Instagram? Funding your kid’s 529 account or splurging on another black sweater? Phoning a friend to catch up or zoning out on candy crush?

These are little choices that we sometimes don’t even notice we make. But they tell a bigger story about what we value in life.

Spend your time (and life) on what matters most - to you

Let’s ponder this quote for a minute:

“Instead of saying, ‘I don’t have time,’ try saying, ‘it’s not a priority,’ and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: ‘I’m not going to edit your resume, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.’ ‘I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.’ If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.”

— Laura Vanderkam, The Wall Street Journal


How do you showcase your values in the little everyday choices you make? What would life look like if you think on the trajectory of your bigger story based on how all those little choices add up every day?

Because life – and time – are about choice. What choices will you make on how you spend them?

Share your thoughts below or on Facebook at MothersRest.


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8 thoughts on “Time is a choice – how do you spend yours?

  1. I just saw this quote and thought of your blog: “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
    Henry David Thoreau

  2. Congrats on the blog, Ginny! I’m looking forward to reading more, even though I’m not a mom. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Nice quote! This is not spam but I did want to talk to you about sending money to help me because I am actually a Nigerian Prince.

  4. Look at you, Mrs. Blogger! Fabulous job! That Wall Street Journal quote really resonated with me. Thanks for sharing!

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