Make the most of what you have

 

clockTime Management. This is something that so many people, myself included, struggle with. There are different reasons we all struggle. Whether it be procrastination, which is a form of perfectionism, trying to juggle too many things in our day to day lives, or just being plain overwhelmed, we all must find a way through.

I have found, as time has gone on, that I need to be better about time management. This has never been my strong suit. I am a procrastinator, plain and simple. But I have learned, as I hope more people have begun to, that procrastination is simply a form of perfectionism. If I can’t do a job right, or if I fear that I won’t have enough time to finish a job all the way, then many times I just won’t even start. I am slowly, vvveeerrryyy slowly, learning to overcome this and work through it anyways. I am trying to take the things I am telling our own children (it doesn’t have to be perfect it just has to be done the best you can) and applying them to my own responsibilities

I have made strides in some areas, but there are many in which I still struggle. I often find myself wishing for a couple more hours in a day. But since God gave us all the same amount of hours, I guess I will just have to continue to use what we have to the best of my abilities.

Ephesians 5:15-16

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,

making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

I am focusing on trying to develop some basic routines. Just some little things that help me to get more done in a day. Since there are only so many hours in a day, I have started trying to write down two or three things every day that I need to get done. I am calling them my focus items. So that way, when baby Z takes a nap, I remember what I need to turn my attention to. Otherwise, I get distracted and work on something else during that time and then I get frustrated when I remember what I was actually supposed to be working on.

I am trying my best, with God’s help, to use my time wisely. I have mismanaged it in the past. But I want to make every hour count. I want our house to be as presentable as possible. I want some more time to work on creative projects. I want some more time to be able to help our kids develop their creative sides. I want to do the best I can to help our family life run more smoothly. As my husband always says, we never know how much time we have here on Earth, why shouldn’t we use what we have to make the world a better place for ourselves and our families?

 

What is your biggest struggle with time management?

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Are you listening to me?

Ever feel like your children are in need of some character training? Ever turned around and then realized that maybe it’s actually YOU that are in need of some character training? Yeah, been there, still doing that!

Before I had children, says every parent everywhere, I had it all figured out. I knew what kind of parent I was going to be. I knew how my children were going to behave (ahahahhahaaa!). I knew how I was going to deal with discipline. And I knew that everything was going to be blissful. After all, I had been around children my whole life. I had experience. I was ready.

Then entered A, our firstborn. And everything I knew about everything went the way of my sleep pattern. Adios! Goodbye! History!

It’s amazing to me how God has used this journey through motherhood to mold me. Shape me. And put me through the fire. I have been broken, mended, re-broken, and then mended again and again and again. And I am positive it will continue to happen. Because I need it. I need it to become the woman I am called to be. I am still not sure who that woman is, but with God’s help and our children’s, I will find her.

So how am I supposed to train my children when I am the one who is in such desperate need of training? By following, trusting, praying, and realizing that children truly are blessings. They have blessed my life so much by just being and by teaching me the lessons I need to learn in ways that I never, ever imagined they would.robins