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Time. There’s never enough.
We are overworked, over scheduled, and overwhelmed. We stay up too late and never take a break to rest. We eat fast food and completely skip meals. We jam-pack our schedules so tightly that there’s no breathing room.
In this moment, right now, just stop and take a minute for yourself.
What are your top 3 priorities? Go ahead, I won’t look:
Do you have time in your schedule for them everyday?
What if you could wipe your slate clean for an entire month? What would you do?
I wished a few years of my life away waiting for them to pass so I could get to the good stuff. Waiting for answers is no fun. I waited for something better only to realize that life may be nothing more than a pile of these messy moments.
I’ve been there. I’ve felt completely out of control to the point that I thought, the only cure is sleep. To sleep it all away and let it just pass, whether that took days, months, or years. The best thing I could do was block it out, sleep it away. Because when I woke, there was only pain and aggravation.
When I had all the time in the world, I wanted nothing to do with it.
It felt like a pointless existence because I didn’t see the worth in my situation.
But I see it now.
Even in the piles of messy moments, there is purpose. There is hope. These are not wasted moments. They can be great if you look past the grime and muck and dig for the treasure.
If you continue to fly by the seat of your pants or have the “here we go again” attitude like I did, your life is going to reflect that. The days will suck the life out of you and the kids will make you crazy. You’ll constantly be in a state of catching up and feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
Here’s the good news: Whether you need more time or you wish time would speed up to the “good stuff”, there is hope in your current moment.
Take hold of this moment, right now, to make changes and give your days more time margins or more purpose.
HOW TO CREATE YOUR ROUTINE:
The key is not to add to your schedule, but to simplify it.
1. Write down the times you do your essentials.
- Wake and bed times for you and the kids
- School drop off and pickup times
- Work start and end times
- Meal times
2. List out your top priorities (use the list you made at the beginning of this post) and break them into manageable goals.
- Relationships: time to invest in my marriage, play with my kids, helping others
- Self-care: time to study my Bible, exercise, rest, getting outside
- Career: set aside time to work alone, research, set writing goals
3. List hobbies you enjoy.
4. Write down any tasks that aren’t daily essentials, but are helpful.
- Going through mail
- To do lists
5. Now go through and see how you can implement these into your day.
My priorities are growing in my faith, practicing self-care, and time with my family. Since I’m a stay at home mom, I need to schedule lots of play time. I also scheduled in breaks to help me take care of my body since that is directly related to my flare ups, and reading my Bible first thing to get focused for the day.
My hobbies are writing and drawing which are implemented into my day. Sometimes I do them with the kids, sometimes I get them started on an activity like play dough so I have a good hour to work. Other times I save them for bedtime so it doesn’t disrupt our time together.
My daily tasks are a great way to ease my mind throughout the day and prepare for the next. I get the kids involved in chores and make a huge list of to do’s and pick three things to cross off each day. I also set aside one day for errands and try to minimize the amount of things we’re signed up for during the week.
I plan out my week on Sunday night so I’m ready to go the next morning. I make a meal plan, write down my errands and update my to do list. I reflect on what I did or didn’t do well last week and make changes accordingly.
CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO PRINT OUT YOUR OWN DAILY ROUTINE:
Even if your goal is as simple as getting out of bed, make a plan for it! Write down the things worth getting up for! Balance work and play and make time to check in with yourself to know when to add or take away from your schedule.
- Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle Giordano
- Skill Share Class: How To Create An Awesome Morning Routine by Derek Franklin
- A Simplified Life by Emily Ley for simplifying all areas of your life
- Fabulous app for daily routine checklist and habit former
- Happy planner or other planner
- Rachel Hollis Podcast #72 This Daily Practice Changed My Life and My Business