So, how can you build margin in your life? Here are some things that work for me.
- It takes me 20 minutes to drive back and forth to work. I plan for 30 minutes - I can run a quick errand to get a presciption filled or pick up dry cleaning. I can even dash in for milk. If the traffic is bad, I'm not stressing for the sitter. I can even stop at a drive through on the way to work.
- I have a budget of our needs each month and I plan for every dollar. But I also have an emergency savings fund and I estimate high on utilites. I use coupons and seach out sales to get the best deals and allow space in the budget for unexpected events, repairs or FUN!
- Emotionally I have learned that I need 'down time.' I do not fill every minute of the day with scheduled activities and if we do have a day or week that is unusually full, I will plan ahead for a free day.
Do you feel like you live your life on the edge? How do you build space into the busy life we all lead? If you want to learn more about the concept of margins, feel free to ask my dad. Or read one of the books below.