I was sitting outside one morning, feeling overwhelmed with a pile of things that needed to get done, that just weren’t getting done. Chris (my husband) was away, and had been away on training for three weeks or so. I laid it all out before the Lord, and asked Him for help. I remember reading and praying that he’d help me out of the “mud and mire,” as inspired from the psalm I was reading that morning.
Well God pulled through, and I certainly felt like I was plucked from the “mud and mire” of life (which for me was feeling overwhelmed with tasks and the management of life when your husband is very far away). In the quiet, God laid this plan on my heart to execute for the day, and by the end of the day, I felt like he had truly helped me feel free from any burdens I was feeling that morning.
In the quiet this was the plan that helped kick start my “Mary way” approach to life:
- One thing I should do for the home (the thing that’s bothering me the most).
- One fun thing for me.
- One fun thing for Asher.
- One easy thing on the procrastinated list.
“The procrastinated list” was something I was inspired to create and is borrowed from the Dave Ramsey model of getting out of debt, but instead of having a list of debt I created a list of “procrastinated items .” It is simply is a list of things that are mostly non-urgent, but important things, that should get done, but I’ve been putting off. Each day I’ve been trying to get one of those items done, starting with the easiest, and working my way down to the most difficult.
This plan helped me balance Asher time, personal time, and household management in a nice way. At least for me it was a “low-balling” way to feel accomplished at the end of the day without overloading my schedule. And really, a kick-start plan should be really doable and ease you into things, right?
Now that I’ve been in the rhythm of using this method, I use those four things as the priorities for the day. I write out several other things I’d like to get done, but as long as I get those four things done we’re good. It has been a nice method to help me focus on the “first things” for the day.
The other essential things in my life, like exercise, daily time with God, cooking and eating, taking a shower and getting ready get jotted into the day as well, but are fairly habitual at this point that I don’t need to scribble them in as the top four priorities, even though they are priorities in my life.
I’m not sure that this is ground breaking in the time-management world, but I do think the main lesson is going to God when you feel overwhelmed and watching Him come up with a plan to help you ease the burdens of life. It will be different for everyone, because he made us all unique.
Be blessed today :),
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