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10 Ways to Find Time for Inspiration

But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.
-Benjamin Disraeli

It seems that so many of the ideas in these daily reflections require us to set aside time. So many of the Daily Action sections start with the words “Take some time…”.

Inspiration often requires us to set time aside for meditation, self-reflection, service to others, self care (sleep, healthy eating, exercise, etc.), prayer, creativity. How do we find time for all these things when life is already so full? Here are 10 ways to find time for inspiration.

  1. Get enough sleep to stay productive and focused. But, not so much sleep that you lose half the day to sleep and end up groggy for the rest of the day.
  2. Be an early riser. This may seem to contradict the first point, but there are ways to achieve both. Sleeping Dude’s blog How to Wake Up Early has a lot of incredible tips on waking up early while getting good sleep such as Wake Up with the Sun, where Dude talks about the benefits of exposing ourselves to sunlight when waking.
  3. Avoid addictive behaviors. Television, video games and drinking or other drug use are a few things that some of us can get carried away with. Hours or days can pass by in what seems to be a blink of an eye. If an attempt to moderate a behavior fails, it is best to avoid it all together. If avoiding a behavior that has become uncontrollable seems impossible, consider a 12 step program; it will change your life. See Avoiding Addictive Behaviors for ideas on how to avoid these habits.
  4. Know when to say “No.” Though service to others is one of the most inspiring ways to spend your time, this does not mean being at others’ beckon call. If you are asked to do something that does not resonate with you and your purpose, say “No.” Your time is your life. It is the most valuable thing you have. See Know When to Say “No” for more details.
  5. Have a plan. Know what you are going to do before you do it. Life if full of interesting and important ways to spend our time. If we don’t have a plan, it is easy to jump between thousands of tasks and interests and get nothing done.
  6. Don’t spend time waiting. Pray, meditate and/or reflect when at a red light, a checkout line, a traffic jam, a waiting room, etc. Instead of impatiently waiting for the next thing to happen, make use of the time. When you are forced to wait, God is giving you a perfect opportunity. Bob at every, every minute mentioned his article in the comments, Don’t Waste Another Wasted Minute which expands on this idea with some specific ways to use otherwise wasted minutes wisely.
  7. Prioritize. If you find yourself spending time completing tasks that are not very important to you, at the end of the day, you will be left with important tasks that do not allow you to be flexible with your time. Complete your most important tasks first, and remember, taking care of ourselves is one of our most important tasks.
  8. Do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do. When you enjoy what you are doing, staying focused and on-task is easy and you can experience inspiration without having to set aside time to do so. See Enjoy What You Do for more details.
  9. Exercise to keep your mind and body in focus. Though exercise requires a time commitment and seems to take time away from other tasks, it cleans the mind, helps to see things more clearly and fills us with energy.
  10. Stop running! Of course, I’m not talking about the physical running that is good for our bodies, but rather running from task to task trying to get everything done as fast as possible. Ironically, this only makes us less efficient and unfocused.

In the coming weeks, I plan on expanding on many items on this list with complete posts dedicated to a single item. I will update this post with links as I do this.

About the author

Danny

I am Danny Kohn, writer and designer for this site and owner, software engineer and consultant for Inspirations Software Design. My three greatest passions in life are sharing time with my family, software design and sharing inspiration with others. I have the incredible privilege of being able to spend a significant amount of time every day doing each of those three things. I am a single father of Tristen, our 6 year old son. It has been such an incredible joy to watch him grow up and learn so much. Everything he does and says overwhelms me with adoration. We have a wonderful evening ritual of reading books together in a beanbag chair. Nearly every night, we have a laughing attack together. I smile and giggle constantly in his presence and feel truly inspired.

Permanent link to this article: https://beinspiredeveryday.com/2007/09/16/10-ways-to-find-time-for-inspiration/

7 comments

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  1. Bob says:

    I have the most trouble with saying “no.” That tends to over-load my schedule a bit too much. But I think if I apply prioritizing, I can find ways to say “no” to the things that aren’t high on my list.

    I recently wrote a post on #6 called “Don’t Waste Another Wasted Minute.” I’ve found comfort in following the advice you offer in that point.

  2. Danny says:

    @Bob, thanks for pointing out your article. It adds a lot to this topic. I’ve added a link in this post to it.

  3. Bob says:

    Thank you so much! Glad you found the post to be useful.

    Have a great day.

  4. Bob says:

    I just Stumbled this post. Thanks again for a great article.

  5. Sleeping Dude says:

    One thing that I found to be incredibly helpful for many areas in my life was becoming an expert in time management. After reading dozen of books and listening through programs from Steven Covey, Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, David Allen and others I’ve built a number of good habits (you have many of them listed in your post) that daily save me hours of my time. It also helped me focus on really important things in my life and actually stop and think about inspirational things that I missed in my life… So my advice is, if you want to find time, start with time management.

    BTW, Thanks for listing my site! :)

  6. Danny says:

    @Sleeping Dude, thanks for visiting and for adding the comment on time management.
    Your site is the most useful and comprehensive site on early rising that I have found. This list wouldn’t have been complete without it.

    @Bob, thanks so much for the Stumble. I saw a nice spike on Tuesday :)

  7. Linda says:

    Thanks for your great blog. You know I’ve been following it for a while now. :) You inspire me, this is the latest of my works http://www.yayart.net

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