“Good morning dear Heavenly Father”, eyes closed, alarm off. Pondering that thought, tasks for the day stir as I pour my only cup of joe. Every morning my husband is home he makes a pot of coffee first-thing and it is such a treat for me. Centered in-Christ, I think about the list of things to do for the day. Somehow within the time I start thinking about all that I need to do and want to do I lose my grounding and fall easily into such a negative mode! Where did my “Father go?” Well, “He never left!”
It’s more of a question of where did my thoughts go? Sometimes homemaking can seem so arduous and alone. I love the freedom of homemaking and the autonomy. It’s the self-discipline that I continuously bargain with every day. Losing my focus because of lack of prioritizing and follow-through gets me so off track thus negative thoughts.
Staying productive throughout the day is certainly attainable but just what is productive as a homemaker? There is only so much time in a day to devote ourselves to the purpose of our being. Plan your work and work your plan is an idea I learned many moons ago. Ya think I might use that! I love making a list to start my day and marvel at how many times I am distracted from checking off each item. A productive homemaker is one that continuously realigns their priority as each priority is given the special attention it requires for a pupose. Read that again!
Let’s simplify “productive.” Make a list of all the things you want to have done. This list is everything that you have in mind from raking the back yard, reading a good book, making a list, to attending a meeting. Writing down the list of things you want to have done now becomes divided into smaller lists. Organize your list so that it is broken down into things that need to be done today, things that take more than one day and things that require someone you hire for example. The list of things on your daily list will be things like, prayer time, assemble lunches, make appointment, shop for project, schedule/research vacation, call for advice, make dinner, shop for week, clean floors, brush cat, family meeting, date with spouse, child or friend, help with homework. Whatever it is that hangs over your head needs to be written down. Looking at your list may seem overwhelming but it allows you to look at all the things you see as being important to you in your life.
There is only so much time in one day. Making that initial list is going to be key in seeing just how much you would like to get done. Break that list down so you have manageable time each day to complete each item on your list. Making a list on a daily basis is going to establish self-discipline and direction. Eventually you will see how much time you have in a day to be productive in the areas you truly want to establish yourself in every day. If you want to have time to watch a TV show or browse the internet on a daily basis then include that into your list. That is something you choose to incorporate into your day. If you have a hobby that requires time, schedule that in. Pretty soon you have these priorities either deleted off your list (because you dont’ want them or they are done) or spread out in a more timely manner so that you are free to be flexible yet diligent in the activities you engage.
Align yourself with your Master! (Caution: Don’t make your list your Master) Make your list, refine your list, and move forward giving thanks throughout your day as you serve your master, others and self. Extending grace as it is given to you.
May your day be filled with laughter and love as you complete each task you have put before you. If you have a big house then praise God that you have five toilets to clean. If you don’t like cleaning your toilets then buy a smaller house or give praise to the one who cleans them! Be thankful for all that you have and remember who gave it to you. If you don’t know who gave it to you then I suggest you ponder that and send me a note about what came up for you when you pondered that thought. I would be delighted to share in your discovery!
Happy homemaking today!