Time goes by

Time management. The first thing I think about when I hear the words “time management” is my collection of elementary school report cards. “Sara uses her time wisely.” Ah, to be in fourth grade again…

And truth be told, when I was a kid – and even up until the last three years or so – I used my time wisely. And then something changed. I went from this person who cared deeply about her goals and dreams to someone without a direction. I started watching a TON of screens – movies, rentals, television, internet. I didn’t know where I wanted to go next, so I procrastinated and put off my decisions by escaping reality through books and screens. I did that for three years.

Then, just this last week while I was preparing myself for my coursework at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I came across this statement from Robert Notter, “How you value your time is a reflection of how you value yourself.”


And, admittedly,


I certainly was not valuing my time while spending hours and hours watching DVR. And I have to agree with Robert’s statement, because looking back I can see I did not value myself highly during those three years. All the effort I had put forth to do great in high school and in college so I would be successful in the “real world” was futile because I my career was so, so, so not on track – in a lot of ways my career was non-existant. I felt tricked, fooled. I didn’t know how to move forward. So I procrastinated. I wasted time. I didn’t trust myself to make a decision about my career. It. was. frustrating! (Just ask the hubs.)

Then, I got out of my own way. With Brian’s support and encouragement, I moved to Arizona where my ENTIRE purpose was/is to find, focus, and build my dream career. Four months in, and I here I am, career path found. Now, it’s time to focus, build, and value my time.

So I’ve started with my calendar. And it has been a P-R-O-C-E-S-S! But it’s coming together. I’m setting aside time for administration, marketing, studying, working, “me” time, marriage time, etc. Essentially, what I’m doing is taking my big picture goals – being a successful health coach, fabulous wife, quality friend, financially independent – and breaking them down into bite-sized chunks of work, and then scheduling the said chunks of work into my calendar. Discipline and consistency, welcome back my old friends. My, how I’ve missed you!

Are you valuing your time? Do you value yourself?

About Sara

Sara Hefty (B.B.A. and H.H.C.) teaches workaholic women how to have it all and flourish without burning out, binging or being spiteful. As an expert in transformational health coaching, she holds women accountable for letting go of unwanted weight, being brilliantly nourished, grounded in truth and feeling confident, happy and playful every single day.

As a woman with her own weight loss story, wide-ranging family heritage of cancer, and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Sara’s appreciation for convenient nutrient-dense food, personal growth, inspiring design, financial responsibility, and social entrepreneurship led to her “Pursuit of Ownership: Health, Home, and Legacy” model of heart-on-fire-hot empowered living.

Sara is the founder of PROJECT LUX and SaraHefty.com. She currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with her husband Brian and hound-dog Raja.