Are you so busy trying to do everything that you don’t enjoy anything?

In our attempt to get the most out of life, it’s easy to lose control of our lives. We lack the ability to be present—always thinking about where we’re not and what we could be doing. We’re stretched to capacity, and this hinders our ability to live fully.

Life is better when we create margin – breathing room – in our schedules. Breathing room can be defined as “the space between our current pace and our limits.” When there’s no breathing room, there’s more stress and more anxiety, and this leads us to make poor decisions – decisions that we’ll likely regret later on in life.

Do you know the two most common regrets that people have at the end of their lives? Here they are:


“I wish I had not worked so hard.”

“I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”


When people realize that their life is almost over, they deeply regret spending so much of their time in the proverbial rat race … and they see how many of their dreams have gone unfulfilled.

There’s a prayer in scripture that says, Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). This stunning insight establishes the context for every decision we make as it relates to time. Because our time is limited, there are things we need to give up and things we need to change in our schedule if we are to live wisely.

So where do you start? What do you limit? Think about how you manage your time now, and ask yourself:

What do I need to add to my schedule that’s not there now?

What do I need to subtract, to remove completely?

What do I need to increase, to turn up a bit?

What do I need to decrease, to do less of?

Because our time is limited, we need to limit how we spend our time. If you can change how you use your time, you can change your life. Because as your time goes, so goes your life.

It’s your move.