There are many important areas that are important in being able to run a home. As homemakers we want to be careful that we are managing our time well and not allowing time-wasters to steal away the important hours of our day. Here are some things to be weary of:
Procrastination- indecision and putting things off
Disorganization-not planning or improper planning
Forgetfulness-not writing things down or mind clutter
Lack of Priorities/Goals-where there is no vision the people perish!
Perhaps you made a schedule in the past but now have fallen far away from it. That is okay. This post is not about being rigid in keeping schedules but making sure important things are getting done throughout the week. Seasons of parenting change and so do our lives.
I used to wake up early. Really early--like five or six in the morning when I had little babies to tend to. But now with older children I am letting us sleep in! Don't let others dictate your schedule and don't feel guilty if your looks a little different. This is a different season for us and I am enjoying it.
If you are struggling with the time-wasters above here are some helpful tips:
1. Don't put important things off--begin first by identifying what those important things are. Now write them down in a place where you won't forget and place them where you will see it as a reminder to do it. If it is out of sight, it is out of mind so be sure it is in a placed strategically. I also like to announce what needs to be done to the children in the morning so they can help execute what needs to be done.
2. Get organized once and for all- Identify what needs to get organized in your life. Is it your daily schedule? Cleaning of certain rooms? Homeschooling? Your spiritual life? Once you identify the problem it is easier to start planning baby steps of attack.
3. Use lists, planners, and create a schedule--I know that for many of you Type B people who want to live spontaneously this piece of advice sounds like a death sentence to you! But look at it positively--lists and schedules can be your best friend. They help to give structure on days when you need it. I don't abide by schedules everyday but I do usually try have an agenda for the day--some days are full and others are very flexible and loose. Start small and don't get overwhelmed, also don't take on more than you can chew in one day--this can just lead to burn out and discouragement. Leave room to live life!
4. Pray about what is important and future plans-this is so important because what you think might be a good plan may not be. Ask the Lord to show you best where to use your time. You might be surprised at what He impresses upon you to add or eliminate. You also might want to read: A Wise Woman Guards Her Time for further inspiration. Also ask Him for help and wisdom to accomplish all things for Him. Be sure to also think about what things are taking up the bulk of your day and consider if they are wasteful or wise.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be a better home-manager and not waste the precious time you have given me. I know how I spend my time is a reflection of you, help me to not be idle and to use my time to you bring you glory. I ask this in Christ's name--Amen.
Resources to help you:
The 15-Minute Organizer
Tell Your Time
Creative Home Organizer
More Hours in My Day
Survival for Busy Women
Please also check out my book True Christian Motherhood