Dec 1, 2017 · 1 minute read

By: Colleen Valles

I’ve got a secret for you: You can make time for the things you love, the things you keep saying you want to do. It is 100 percent possible.

But like so much in life, there’s a trade-off, and you have to be willing to make the trade to achieve your goals. If you’re not, then you need to make peace with the way you’ve allocated your life. It’s not about right or wrong; it’s about what’s most important to you.

For instance, I spent a long time complaining about not having time to write. This was back when I had one child and an hour-long commute each way.

To make more time, I changed jobs to one closer to home, (full disclosure: it took me three years. You might need some patience, too.) and started getting up at 5 a.m. to meditate, exercise and write. My trade-off was I left a job working for an organization that dealt with something I was passionate about. In return, I got time.

Of course, that schedule went out the window when I had another baby. Now he’s a year old, and I’m publishing on Medium every day. My trade-off this time? Meditation, exercise and sleep. Last night, I hit publish at 10 p.m. The night before that, it was 11:30. But I still get up at 5:30 a.m., because that’s when the baby’s up, and that’s when I need to start getting ready for work — making lunches, making breakfast, etc.

I could have everyone buy lunches and we could all eat some kind of bar for breakfast, but the trade-off there, feeling good that my family is eating nutritious food, isn’t one I’m willing to make.

It’s all about your priorities. Figure out what those are; figure out what you need to do to make time for them; and then figure out what can give.

What are you willing to trade to get more time to create?


Image: Denys Nevozhai
Colleen Valles
I'm Colleen, a writer, mother, knitter, pet mama and tiny house enthusiast who truly believes that everybody should slow down and simplify to make room for the things that are most important in their lives. I'm on a journey to do just that, to be able to spend more time with family and friends, riding my bike and working in the garden. Sign up to get awesome content right in your inbox, or follow me on social media.