Time Management

Written by Abby Custer

Are you pregnant and worried about how you will manage your time once you have a baby?

It’s a valid concern, and one that I wish I had the answer to. The truth is that a baby does take a lot of time. And even though things probably aren’t going to slow down for you anytime soon, it doesn’t mean that you can’t shift and figure out a new schedule.

I remember when I was pregnant with my first baby, countless people told me how fast time would go. I shrugged it off, not really expecting things to change that much. Boy, was I wrong! It felt like all I did was blink and my baby was already turning one. That first year felt like survival, and after that, we hit the ground running (literally – no one tells you how fast a toddler can move when they get the hang of walking!). Here we are today, and that “baby” is now eight years old!

So many times, I’ve found myself wishing that I could freeze time, not wanting a certain phase or stage to end. But as we all know, time is a thief and we cannot control how slow or fast things pass us by. Maybe it’s the best time of your life right now – you’re working on a degree or you have a tight circle of friends with a bustling social life. It can be hard to imagine how adding a baby will fit into your current timetable.

Is it possible that your unexpected pregnancy could be a call to maturity in your life? Perhaps you are struggling with the daily flow, and need to reevaluate your priorities in order to determine where you can make some changes for the better. Usually, when I’m feeling overwhelmed, it’s a good time for me to do a reality check. There are only so many hours in a day and we aren’t called to carry everything on our shoulders, all the time, all by ourselves. It’s okay to say “no” or “the dishes will get done later” or “I need to rest today.”

God may be calling you into parenthood at a time when you weren’t expecting it, but He is right by your side through this.

Figuring out how to prioritize and manage your time with a new baby is something we can help you with at Compass! Don’t let the stress or fear of balancing this new life along with your old one keep you from moving forward in a positive way. 

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14