Once you know where to begin, you’ve made your list, and you’ve jumped right in, it’s time to find a routine. I used to hate that word. “Routine.” It has orderliness and time management and construction all wrapped up in just two syllables. Over the years I’ve learned that routine sometimes has a bad rap. Sometimes we associate routine with boring. THIS IS A MISTAKE! Routines are NOT boring, in fact, they assist in making room for FUN! My 4-6th grade Sunday school teacher (confession, you’ve already heard from her, yep, it’s my mom), used to always tell us girls to, “do everything decently and in order.” The fact of the matter is having a routine helps you to stay on top of your to-do list. While people are so much more important than things - the laundry does need to get done. There are times I have deviated from my routine, times I have flung my routine out the window, and times I have deeply regretted doing that – like when I’m up in the middle of the night doing laundry because the only uniform pants I can find have grass-stains all over them. Yep. Trust me. Get in a routine. You will have more energy and feel a sense of accomplishment every day as you get things done by sticking to your routine. When you are caught up on your work, you are able to be completely in the moment. You don’t have to feel guilty or rushed when enjoying your free time. You don’t have to sit at your daughter’s ballet studio freaking out about all you could be doing in those sixty minutes. Instead, you could just watch her do what she loves to do.
You know the drill! Here we go!
Read: 1 Timothy 3
Consider: I remember being a little girl and thinking that summer would last forever. The days were long, the weeks endless, and I loved it. Every single moment. As I have grown up over the years, the summers (as well as the years) seem to go by faster and faster, until they are almost a blur. Much of that comes from packing as much as a body can into a day as well as the many responsibilities that come just from being an adult. This has changed over the last three years, you see, I have learned to slow down and be in the moment. It all started when my father in law was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. It is a scary thing, to watch someone you love face the end of their life, you worry – a lot. You cry – a lot. And you love – a whole lot. And you eventually learn to be in the moment. To take each day you are given as the gift it is. We, as a family, learned that the things we thought were so important and had to be done immediately, weren’t always as important as we originally thought. We learned to prioritize, simplify, and downsize our To-Do list and as a result, even with the added stress of walking through the valley of the shadow of death, we learned to be more flexible, less hurried, and more aware of what truly matters. 1 Timothy 3:5 talks of a person having their own house and life organized before they can help or influence the church and others with effective results. One of the things that I was reminded of was “knowing your limitations.” I have a hard time saying no to anyone and as a result my To-Do list becomes seemingly impossible to tackle! I have been working on saying no and not feeling like I have to have a reason or give an excuse for why I am unable to do something, as a result, I have been able to invest much more time and energy into the projects that I have already committed to.
To-Do: Write Out/Comment what do you need to say no to? What do you need to commit to whole-heartedly? Write out your routine and pray over it!