For the Homemaker Who Never Has Enough Time
I always seem to have waaaay more stuff I want to accomplish in a day than I actually ever accomplish.
The solution is actually quite simple if I would just do it:
- Determine what actually needs to be accomplished.
- Make a plan for how it's going to happen.
God doesn't give us more to do than He's given us time to do. The question we must ask ourselves is this: “Is what I'm doing right now what God wants me to do right now?”
Each of us faces life circumstances – some with young children who seem to create endless housework, some with outside jobs taking up their time, some with chronic illnesses feeling like they've tackled the world when they fold a load of laundry. The situation is different for all of us.
But one fact is the same for everyone: trying to fit things into our lives that God didn't intend to be there only creates disorganization, frustration, and a lack of time to do the other things we really need to be doing.
Many things we homemakers would like to do are good and noble things, but if there's not room for them, it's not going to make us happier to try to cram them into our lives.
Tell Your Time, a book I've mentioned here before, is an extremely useful tool for determining what your priorities really are.
As homemakers, the things for which we have to make a place in our schedules aren't really all that glamorous. A good deal of our time is spent in the kitchen preparing meals or in the kitchen cleaning it up. With the remainder of our day's 24 hours, we have to have time to sleep, clean the house, and spend quality time with our family.
Hobbies? It doesn't really seem like there will be much time left over for anything fun.
What we need to realize is that, as homemakers, that is what we do. We make a home.
And a peaceful home where all the members are blessed requires a lot of maintenance. Just because it doesn't seem glamorous doesn't mean it's not necessary and incredibly important.
When you mark hours of meal preparation and cleaning into your schedule each week, you are being an incredible blessing to your family. Don't think you're not doing anything important!
If you plan your time efficiently, you will find time to do some of the things you want to do as well. You won't have time for all of them, and that's okay. You”ll find that it's much more enjoyable to do a few things and be able to savor the moment without feeling like you have to rush on to the next thing.
I've used Tell Your Time to create a daily schedule several times in the past, and it's been the best thing I've ever done.
As life circumstances change, that schedule has to be tweaked, and instead of doing that, I decided I could just wing it.
It just doesn't work.
There has to be structure and a plan in order to manage time efficiently.
So once again, I've re-worked my schedule and I am again happy and peaceful instead of feeling like there's just too much to do and not enough time to do it.
I was able to re-evaluate what actually needs to be done and figure out the best times for it all to happen.
(And I found a few hours in between for some extras too!)
Ladies, if you're finding yourself frustrated with your time management, I highly encourage you to purchase Tell Your Time. (I make a small commission if you purchase it, but that is completely not why I'm suggesting it. I just find it that helpful. And it's only $2.99. It's one of the few eBooks I've ever actually paid for, and it was worth every penny and more.)
Stop ending every day wishing that you could have gotten more done. Start planning for successful time management, and your home will be more peaceful. You'll be happier, and so will your family!
This post hasn't been edited to make sure I'm using just the right words. I've just shared what's in my heart in hopes that it will be a help to you. If it has, would you leave me a comment and let me know?