I will have two children in school this fall for the first time. I am a stay at home Mom so the thought of time to myself for the first time in 6 years is both exhilarating and a little overwhelming. When I think about my upcoming free time, my mind is immediately flooded with all the projects I want to get done, the room cleaning and organization that needs to happen both upstairs and down, and finding time to add fitness to my schedule.
This ‘flood’ usually sends me into a panic, how am I going to get it all done? How am I going to utilize my day in the best way possible so that I am getting work done but also finding time to relax and enjoy myself a little?
The key is staying focused, stay on task. Decide what I want to accomplish for the day and only work on that task. Let’s say it’s Tuesday and I know I have Bible Study that day at 9:45. I could drop the kids off at 8:30 to school and have an hour to eat breakfast and organize the piles of too-small kids clothes that need folded, sorted and put into bins. If I focus on ONLY achieving this goal, I will get more done rather than working on 5 projects and only accomplishing a small portion of each one.
And maybe for another example, I could plan on attending an aerobics class every week on the same day, get into the habit of going routinely so that I don’t find some excuse not to go. Then on that same day, I could find maybe a half hour block of time to vacuum, or dust, or wash the kitchen floor before I pick up the kids. So I will know that that day I will attend a fitness class and vacuum, for example. Those will be my goals for the day. If I am able to complete another small project that day, it will be the icing on the cake!
Making a routine every week will help me stay focused, stay on task, not to mention the fact that the feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day will be well worth it!