Revolutionize Your To-Do List

revolutionize to do list

 

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 to-do list (and 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. 

Prioritize

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. If I’m not intentional, then sometimes quick and easy things get done while more important things are left undone.

Tip: My Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal has a space for this, because I do it as a part of my quiet time each morning.

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.

I have found that if I start my day with something productive, then it sets the tone for the day. Likewise, if I start my day on social media, that sets the tone for the day as well.

Maybe social media isn’t a temptation for you. Maybe for you it’s something completely different. Whatever they are, 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.

Action Steps

  • 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

  1. 10 Things You Need to Hear on Bad Days–FREE video course.
  2. Make over Your Mornings-This is a 14-day ecourse from Crystal Paine (money saving mom), and it is fantastic!
  3. Make over Your EveningsYou asked for it, and here it is! A 14-day eCourse from Crystal Paine to make over your evenings, and it’s the high quality you would expect from her!
  4. 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.
  5. Tell Your Time (book)
  6. Filling the Time Jar
  7. The Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal
  8. 9 Truths to Remember on the Bad Days-this is a FREE printable to help you remember the truths you need on the bad days.
  9. 3 Simple Changes to Transform a Bad Day

This is a part of the “Peaceful Home” series. Visit the landing page to follow along with all the related posts. 

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Comments

  1. says

    I learned to make my to-do list, then pray about it every morning in a women's Sunday school class years ago. I don't know why I got out of such a good habit. One day, my 'top 3' had 5 things on it, all essential, but too much. 2 very time-consuming things seemed to be pushing my day over the edge… A meeting at church (40 minutes away) and baking bread for the family. I prayed, letting God know I realized it was too much, and I felt anxious about it, but there seemed no immediate solution and I started my day. I don't think it was any more than an hour later when I got a call that the meeting was cancelled, and one of my kids (my then12 yr old son!) asked if he could make bread that day! Unforeseen and unexpected developments, to be sure. Also, most assuredly, a gift from God in answer to that prayer over my daily tasks. This was a good reminder. Thanks.

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