By Patti Wigington, About.com
Let’s face it — we’re all busy. Life is hectic. You’ve got a job, school, a family, meals to cook, a house to clean, and a mountain of laundry that isn’t getting anysmaller. So mix all of that together, and we often find ourselves so overwhelmed with “have to” things that we never get around to our “want to” list. Unfortunately, our spiritual studies often get pushed to the bottom of our “want to” list. Next thing you know, six months have gone by and you haven’t done a single ritual that you wanted to do, there’s a stack of books gathering dust under your bed, and you’re wondering if you can really call yourself Wiccan or Pagan if you’re too busy to practice.
Here’s the thing. You can make time for your spiritual studies, for magic, for ritual. You just have to remind yourself that it’s as important as all of that other stuff. If you can learn to manage your time more efficiently, you’ll be able to get more done — and that, in turn, will make you feel like a far more productive person. Once you can get your mundane tasks completed, you’ll have more time for the magical aspect of your life.
First, before you can figure out how to allocate your time, you’ll need to figure out where you’re already spending it. Do you feel like you’re always busy, but you can’t seem to get a project finished? Make a list of all the things you do in a day, and how long you spend on them. A spreadsheet actually works really well for this. Do this for a week or two. By the time you finish, you should have a pretty good idea of where you’re spending those twenty-four hours in your day. Are you wasting a couple of hours surfing the Internet and chatting with friends? Did you watch seventeen hours of soap operas last week? By determining how you currently spend your time, you’ll be able to make the necessary changes.