Yesterday, we talked about the big things in our schedules, and today we’re going to talk about the nitty gritty of our daily tasks and to-do lists. No matter how much we simplify our schedules, there are some things that just need to be done. The way we approach these tasks can help or hinder us when it comes to the overall tone of our homes.
A few years ago, I began something that revolutionized my life. It’s very simple, but it was absolutely a game-changer for me…Pray over your to-do list.
During my quiet time in the morning, I write out my to-do list for the day. It can be as general or detailed as you like. I am a list maker, so mine might be more detailed than yours. Then I pray over each and every item on the list.
Nothing ruins your peace (and that of your home) like having a to-do list 20 items long, especially when you cannot reasonably get it all done. Don’t set yourself up for failure.
If you have too many tasks and chores on your to-do list, you may feel stressed, overwhelmed, and overburdened. This does not make for a peaceful home! The solution? Prioritize your to-do list.
After praying over my to-do list, I make a “top 3″ list. Those are the things that must get done each day. This helps me not feel so overwhelmed, because that list of 3 items is doable. It also helps me to be intentional about which items are completed.
Work before play
This one is tricky because there are some people who should probably lighten up a bit and play more. However, for many of us this is a good way to be more productive, engaged with your day, and to waste less time. Don’t do the fun things, until you earn them.
How many times have you wasted hours on facebook, pinterest, etc. while your housework wasn’t being done (or maybe it’s just me!) Don’t let that be an option–finish the work first, and you can better enjoy the fun.
Be aware of your personal time wasters and make it a point to avoid them, at least until your work is finished and you’ve earned it.
- Start your day with something productive. Every morning, I start the day by making my bed. It makes such a difference in the overall “neat” feeling of the bedroom, and it starts my day out, first thing, on a productive note. It also prepares me for resting and relaxing at the end of the day. Maybe you don’t care about a made bed, but start your day with something productive. It sets the tone for the day.
- Dress for success. Research has shown that people are more productive when they are dressed for it. That’s not to say you should be dressed to the nines everyday, but take a shower and change out of the jammies and yoga pants most days.
- Finish a task before moving on. Multi-tasking is a myth. In most cases, it doesn’t work effectively. Yes, in some cases it works and is necessary, but there are days when I have “multi-tasked” all day long and ended up with most of my chores being partially finished, and nothing completely done.
- Make it a family-affair. Just like with meal prep, daily chores are best shared. Everyone in the family can and should help out in some way. There are many age-appropriate chores for little ones.
- Give yourself a break. We could never be completely caught up on everything involved with housekeeping and homemaking. It just isn’t possible. There is always something that needs to be done. But we have to also make time to enjoy the lives we’re building. For us, that’s usually in the evening beginning with supper time. We relax. We don’t stress about what needs done. Those things can wait until tomorrow.
Give your all to each day. So many nights, I have lain in bed, stressed and feeling guilty about the things I didn’t get done that day, or the time wasted. I have found that when I have truly given my all to the day and worked diligently, then it’s much easier to take that time to rest and relax without feeling guilty.
Additional Articles & Resources
- The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle–100 great resources in every area of homemaking! And, you save 97% when you get the whole bundle!
- FREE Household Planner–This is one of the best household planners I have seen, and it is completely free. It includes a version with tasks and chores already listed out for you. There are some upgrades available for pay, but scroll down to the bottom and enter your email address to get the free version of the planner. It is very detailed.
- Tell Your Time (book)
- Filling the Time Jar
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- Project Organize Your Entire Life
- Simply Dressed: Inspiration to Dress for the Everyday Ordinary Days
- The Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal (my book)
- The Homemaker’s Companion: A Home Management System
- Simply Clean Home
- That Works for Me–tried and true tips
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- How do I get it all done…and still have time to enjoy it?
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