The margin survey response was incredible, and the most compelling part for me was the personal responses that so many of you shared in the “Share your thoughts on what you can do to add more margin to your life” section. Over the next couple of days, I wanted to share some of the feedback. Would love to hear YOUR thoughts on these comments!
- “Change something. Saying “No” to when I think it is my responsibility to fix others problems.”
- “I have noticed that as my children get older all three of these margins seem to shrink. With games and practices almost everyday of the week, time margins seem to shrink and that then affects relational margins. As the children become more active it also requires more money and will affect my financial margin. So far what I have done for these issues is to make them a priority. I make sure I plan ahead so we are less rushed on those busy days. I make giving and saving a priority and we make what we have left work. (we have been especially challenged with your oxen series and are looking at what oxen we can add to our lives). I also make sure I have time for everyone in my family especially my husband. I don’t want to send my last child off to college and then wonder who this man is who is living with me. I want a marriage that will survive the empty nest and so spending time talking with him and maintaining our friendship has become a priority for both of us.”
- “Slow down!”
- “Keep my budget and savings goals!!! Take time for God and me!!! Be more available to others!!!”
- “I wish I knew. Doing less seems like a good plan theoretically, but never pans out. The stress is average really, nothing overwhelming. It’s the sense of accomplishment that’s lacking. At the end of the day I feel like I ran a 10k, but on a treadmill. Lots of work, no forward motion or major progress.”
- “I need to manage time and money better, starting with God. Praying first in my time margin and tithing first in my financial one. I used the excuse that we didn’t have a church that we went to for 2 years now, and that has changed recently and I need to stop using it as an excuse (even then it wasn’t much of an excuse when there are organizations like Focus on the Family, etc..that do great work). Prayer took a backseat when I just stopped thinking about it, but it was always there in the back of my mind and I knew I was leaving out important parts of my day. I even tucked my Bible away to stop being reminded because I would feel guilty. My Bible’s back out and I’m hoping that this is a positive change financially and spiritually for me starting today…no, starting yesterday!”
Which of these thoughts most connects with you?