Are you a list maker? Oh my, I definitely am. I make a list of everything I need to get done for the week. There’s a list for groceries, a list of appointments, a list of what I want to blog, a list of Etsy orders to work on, a list of books to read, a list of random chores to do beyond the normal everyday things, and so on. It’s a little much sometimes, lol!
As 2015 rolled around and I found myself praying over the year to come, I felt like the Lord asked me “What should be on my real to-do list?” You know, the list of things to do that will make a lasting impression, that will build character in myself and in return my family, and the world around me. What should be on the real to-do list that will let the love of Christ shine through my everyday life?
Lists are great, getting everything finished is great, but when faced with this question, I realized that my priorities are not what they should be. Whether or not I write a blog post three times a week, or get those social media shares scheduled, or get that closet cleaned, or organize my pantry, that’s not what will change lives at the end of the day. Don’t get me wrong, all the details do add up and are important in their own right- honoring writing commitments, keeping my home in order, feeding my family from a healthy menu I’ve planned, those are all very important and should get done. But they shouldn’t necessarily be the first thing that gets done. If I write all the blog posts that I can, but don’t spend any time with my kiddos when they come home from school, what’s really productive about that?
If I get that dresser organized, but then get frustrated with my husband for not putting something away right where I think it should go instead of simply being thankful he’s willing to help put anything away, what good does that do?
See where I’m coming from on this?
So, a strategy that I feel like will work is to take my REAL to-do list and break it down month by month.
I’ll pray and ask God to show me what areas need improvement, and ask Him to help me with strategies to make those improvements.
I encourage you to do the same. If you’d like to go along with my monthly “challenge” then please do! I’d love to hear from you if do decide to join along!
For January (and the months beyond) I feel like the first thing to tackle is using my time wisely.
For me, what I think that means is limiting my time online and on my phone. It means being in the here and now with my family. It means putting the phone down during meals.
It doesn’t mean getting rid of all things electronic completely, but to be purposeful when I use it. It might mean missing out on a blog post or a social share, but that’s okay. It means taking honest time and giving my full attention to my life. No more multi-tasking between the computer and life happening around me.
I plan to set strict hours to work on my blog and on my Etsy business.
I plan to keep family time family time.
And I plan to ask the Lord for help reminding me to do this. I plan on asking my husband and kids to help me do this.
Using time wisely with my family might look a lot like sitting in front of the TV with my sons and watching a football game. It might look like cooking with my daughter in the kitchen. It might look like reading with the little boys before bed. It might look like going grocery shopping with my husband. Or maybe even walking daily to make myself more healthy.
What I definitely want it to be is living life in a way that glorifies God, and making the most of the time I have, every single day.
These are some of my favorite moments so far this month spending our time wisely.
|Picking kumquats for an elderly neighbor before an overnight freeze|
|Taking a Sunday hike through a nature trail|
|A typical evening at home accessorizing the dog|
|Saturday spent at the zoo|
What about you? What would be on your REAL to-do list this month?