I shared with you that my husband and I have been reading this book, Crazy Busy, together. It has been quite enlightening! My husband asked me a simple but direct question: “Do you think you’re busy?”
I’m a homeschooling mom of 4 young children … isn’t the answer obvious? But I thought about it, and I came to this conclusion. I feel busy. I act busy. But, I don’t have to be busy. It doesn’t mean that I should do nothing all day. Productive days don’t have to be crazy busy, where I feel frantic and frazzled all the time. There is enough time each day to get everything done, but I can end up wasting a good portion of it without even realizing it.
So, it took some reflecting, but I have come up with 4 ways that I have wasted my time away. Perhaps you can relate.
Over-Checking Social Media
I had to say it. Yes, social media. I understand its value in this day and age, but I have sunk into the vortex of my Facebook news feed deeper than I want to admit. Who invented “infinite scroll” anyway? Suggested solution: set a timer for checking social media (be reasonable) or set a certain time in the day when you can log in.
Over-Prioritizing the Less Important
There are a number of things to do on any given day, so we have to be able to pick out the non-negotiables. For whatever reason, I would sometimes tackle the less important tasks, and then find myself scrambling at the end of the day to get the important jobs done. Another word for this is procrastination. Suggested solution: when making your list of goals for the day, a second look should allow you to pick out the “must do” items and move the rest to the “if I finish everything else” list.
Over-Scheduling Your Day
Sometimes I pack so many things in my calendar that there is absolutely no wiggle room at all. In the end, I am frustrated and overwhelmed. Even if I got everything done, my attitude just makes for a wasted day in my book. Suggested solution: divide up your day into 3 periods (morning, afternoon, evening). Instead of one gigantic to-do list, you can tackle it in more manageable chunks. This gives you a more realistic picture of what can be accomplished on a given day.
Over-Doing Your “Me” Times
We could all use a little “me” time now and then to recharge. And as much as we want to stay on our little island, there are people we need to attend to. Suggested solution: Memorize this verse, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
What are your suggestions for having more productive days?
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