I struggle with time management. This is my confession.
I have talked to God about this subject much lately. From children to house cleaning, Army activities to personal activities, and then there are days when I would just like to sit down and sew or watch TV or update one of those scrapbooks, they are all good things. I believe God has called me to all that I am doing at present, so I know He has a way for me to do them all well – but how?
Enter – the new day planner (I will try to post a picture tomorrow when it arrives – so excited!). I am going to schedule my day – color-coded, by the way – a suggestion that my husband made months ago. I usually have a plan, but the generic plan has not seemed to work. I make it to meetings, the house is generally clean, my children are fed, and I accomplish other things periodically, but I don’t seem to get everything done that I would like too and sometimes I feel like I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off (a term I had to explain to my seven-year-old the other day).
As I mentioned, I have been praying about this a lot. I do believe these are all things God has called me to, but have asked Him to point out things that are not in His will. The first thing I need to do is double check His plan and weed out what is not in His plan for me – good things, mind you, but not His plan for me. From there it is a matter of planning through lots of prayer. What do I need to do, how much time does it take me, and how much time do I need to spend in each area? I need to pray, prioritize and rest.
Pray – You know that time each morning? Well, I read my Bible and chat with God, but it needs to become more focused. I need to allow Him to speak to me and fill me so that what I think, say, plan, and do throughout the day is exactly what He would have for me to do.
Prioritize – This is the act of finding what is important for that day or week and doing those things, focusing on what is important. Focus can be a challenge, especially with children and phone calls. But if my relationship with Christ is where it needs to be, my heart should be focused and in turn my actions.
Rest – Rest is quite possibly my biggest challenge. I go and go and then feel like I have failed because I have not accomplished the 101 things on my “to do list” that day. I need to remember where I started and trust that God knows what He is doing. If I am following His lead, I should be able trust His judgment – He is God.
Well, this is my new plan. I will share a picture of the day planner hopefully tomorrow. I am very excited – I LOVE day planners, especially when they are cute! I would love to hear your ideas, though. How do you accomplish all that He has called you to and do it well? How do you plan your day/week/month? How do you keep from getting distracted? Please! Share your ideas – I am all ears!