How To Jumpstart Your Personal Growth This Fall

by | Aug 30, 2018 | Mindset, Personal Growth

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Fall Is A Good Time For Change

We’re coming up to fall and September is right around the corner…

Cool ocean breezes, shorter days, school buses rolling around, leaves changing colours…  

When we think about the changes that are happening in the fall, it’s also a good time to reflect on changes we’d like to make in our own lives.

This one thing that can help jumpstart your growth… well, it might surprise you… because it’s SO simple.

However, I think it’s really important and can make a big difference.

Ready for it?

One Key Thing To Jumpstart Your Growth

Okay, here it is — It’s to give yourself margins.

So simple, right?!

Margin: An amount allowed or available beyond what is actually necessary. (Source)

A margin is like an edge… often times we make ourselves so busy and we wear it as a badge of honour.

You know like when you ask someone how they’re doing and they almost always say, “Oh, I’m soo busy!”

Well, sometimes I like to shake things up a bit (I’m like that =;) and when someone asks me:

“How are you doing Ann? Are you busy these days?”

I’ll reply, “No, not really.”

The other person is almost always surprised…

Often we pack our schedules so jam-packed with back-to-back activities that we have no margin for rest, reflection or personal growth.

Change Means Figuring Out Your Margins (Again)

I don’t know about you but whenever I have a change or transition in life, it takes a little bit of time to figure out my margins.

This past summer, there’s been a big change in our family– we had two daughters home with their children — a wonderful change!

We’ve had so much fun spending time with and delighting in our four beautiful grandchildren.

At the same time, with this wonderful transition comes a need to figure out how to manage life…

We live on a farm, so how can we care for our grandkids, children and our ageing parents? (Not to mention starting a new business.)

So many responsibilities to shuffle to keep life sane and to keep growing.

Margins Are Like Gaps

I like to think about margins as gaps between work, life and play. They’re the gaps we allow ourselves to have in our day that enable us to connect with people and the gaps between relationships or the work activities that need to happen in a day.

Often times as women, these gaps are the last thing on our list (at least it has been for me at times!).

We leave out the gaps for ourselves, whether it means exercising or some quiet times of reflection (if you’re a woman of faith like I am this reflection time includes being in the word of God and worship).

When we fill up every spare moment we have in our lives, there isn’t any margin or gaps for others or for ourselves. Our lives become cluttered with a to-do list so long that we have to carry it over into the next day.

A Simple Exercise To Create Margins

Michael Hyatt has said, “Margin in your life is not something that just happens. You have to fight for it.”

I think this is so true: we need to fight for margins in our relationships, margins for our rest, and margins for personal growth.

The one thing that is helping me with margins is to keep track of my day. I’m currently doing this with 15-30 minute increments. To better understand how I spend my time, I’m writing down everything that I do within this time frame.

It takes a little bit of time up front but in the long run, it will help you understand how you’re filling up your time and how you can manage your schedule better. That way you can schedule those margins into your life at the beginning of the day, midday and at the end of the day.

It will also help you to understand how you can get more rest.

I want to encourage you to take several days and look at them in 15-30 increments. See how you’re spending your time.

Notice how much screen time you have… how much people time you have… how much time you have to rest and reflect.

From there, you can schedule your day in a way that you’re happy with so you can have margins for rest, relationships and reflection.

We all need margins. And they can help to jumpstart your growth.    

About Ann

Ann’s work is centred on the belief that every woman has purpose. So her mission is to empower a community of women to live their extraordinary lives with joy…

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