How do you “keep busy” without defining your life as “busy?” If you’re a mom with children at home this probably makes you giggle – there’s never a dull moment, is there? But in a world where Facebook can consume hours at a sitting or your favorite TV show can be watched a season at a time on Netflix, we do need to be careful that we’re keeping busy with the right things.
My first suggestion is to find some time to get alone and pray. This may mean setting your alarm 30 minutes early or staying up 30 minutes past the kid’s bedtime, but ask God to direct your mind, heart, and schedule. Then consider how you can implement some new thought and behavior patterns to make your life feel more productive/manageable/fruitful/peaceful.
Several years ago I heard about a time management strategy that I thought was clever and simple, but it does require some thought. So here it is: We all have small windows of unscheduled time in our day. It’s 10 minutes here or there. Train yourself to maximize those snippets of time!
Do you usually spend an entire day cleaning the house and dreading it for the six days prior? Why not take those 10 minutes at random and forget an all-day cleaning spree?
There are times when I have a few minutes before picking up the kids at school. It might be a few minutes while I’m waiting for the laundry to dry, the water to boil, or while the kids do their homework. But each of those windows of time can be perfect for sweeping the floor, wiping out the bathroom sinks, picking up the living room, prepping food for dinner, vacuuming a room, or watering the plants.
There are other ways you could spend this time too. How about paying a bill, writing a note, calling a friend, sorting mail, or just read that book sitting on your nightstand?
Just starting to look at your day in smaller increments could make a big difference in what you accomplish in your already hectic schedule. It could even balance your weekly schedule so that you end up with what some people call “free time.” (It could happen…)
How do you make the most of your time?
“My times are in your hands…”
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training