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If you are anything like me, you feel like you don’t have enough time in the day. Or you feel rushed to get things done. But then you feel bad for not living in the moment or enjoying the moment you have. It can be exhausting, right?

This is me at least a few days a week. 

It was while I was heating up my lunch in the microwave I was thinking about how much time is left in the day to get the things done on my list. 

At times I have a scarcity mindset of almost believing that I won’t get it all done. To be honest, most days I get done what I want to with time to spare. 

Yet, I can believe that I won’t have enough time to complete what I want done so I will feel depleted or discouraged before starting what I want to do. 

That’s not motivating at all!

What is motivating?

After starting to feel some overwhelm and a little anxiety, I could feel the spirit impress upon my thoughts, “let’s make the time count rather than counting the time.”

After recognizing that brilliant prompt, I worked on believing that and relaxing my mindset. I felt more relaxed and excited to complete what I wanted to do. I pondered on how to really apply this prompt into the next moment of my day.

I also focused on each part of my day a little better.

Instead of saying how much I needed to get done after one thing I completed, I told myself, “I will now focus on this, right now. I will think about the next thing when this is completed.”

My next thing was to have a history lesson with my children. History is once a week in our house but can take an hour or two. We will read through a lesson, review some historical facts, and watch or listen to a documentary about it.

It’s so interesting but I sometimes find myself after a little while wanting to finish it quickly to move on to the next part of our day.

Not today. I really wanted to “make my time count.”

I really listened to what we were discussing and learned so much about our topic. I felt so engaged and had no desire to focus on what else I needed to get done that day.

I made my time count and I was so captivated about what we were learning. I wanted to live fully in the moment and in the moment of history I was learning with my family. 

Going forward the rest of the day, I had that prompt on my mind, “make your time count.”

What We Can Accomplish When We Live In The Moment

I was able to be fully immersed in my blog and post an article for a little bit. 

I was able to take my kids to the park and enjoy what we were seeing in the sky, seeing at the lake, listening to the sounds of water, playing on the swings, and discovering the webs of spiders on the playground. 

These are just a few examples of making my time count today. It was such a great blessing for me to remember that I am blessed with an abundance of items/tasks/ists to do and WANT to do. 

I just hope to make my time count when I am living in that moment with the experience I am living right now. 

Making our time count will produce more of the thinking and results we want. Each day we will get done what we needed to that day with what we felt was best to get done.

I want to go to bed at night believing I made my time count with who I wanted to become, how I wanted to show up as a mother, and what I wanted to learn.

Was my time used in the way I wanted?

I hope to ponder more how to make my time count in each part of my day. 🙂

Alma 40:8

8. Now whether there is more than one time appointed for me to rise it mattereth not; for all do not die at once, and this mattereth not; all is as one day with God, and time only is measured unto men.

Doctrine and Covenants 60:13

13. Behold, they have been sent to preach my gospel among the congregations of the wicked; wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, thus: Thou shalt not idle away thy time, neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known.

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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