planning to set up your own schedule. (pt. 1)

You guys, the FB Live thing last night was so fun!  I'm really glad we got a chance to do that, and I think I'll plan on setting up another one soon on the topic of discipline.

While we're still on the subject of time management, let's talk schedules/routines.  I walked you through mine last night, but I'd love to get you started on planning your own.  Before you actually jump into the nitty gritty of setting up your schedule, I think it's especially helpful to think through a couple of things that will help you set up a successful schedule.

There are four guiding principles to think through first that have been especially helpful to me; we'll cover the first two today, and get back to the rest tomorrow, to keep this post from getting outrageously long.

Grab a pen and paper, because you're going to be doing some writing.

First, know YOURSELF.

I mean, duh, right? But really, though; know yourself when it comes to getting stuff done.  What works for someone else might not work for you.  Are you a morning person, or not so much?  Are you a list-keeper, or not so much?  Are you a high-capacity or high-energy person, or not so much?  Are you a homebody or not so much?  Do you prefer getting things done all at once, or in short bursts over a longer period of time?   Understand that a lot of these things aren't necessarily sin issues, they're just different ways of being wired.  Sure, they can all contribute in their own way to specific sin issues - procrastination, laziness, wrong priorities.  But just because they can lead to sin, doesn't mean the wiring itself is sinful.  You don't have to change how you are wired in order to successfully get a handle on your time.  Write down your strengths, weaknesses, uniquenesses, genuine sin issues, and biggest points of frustration.

Second, know YOUR SEASON.

If you have one kid, and they're under a year old, you will feel terrible at time management.  It's just a fact.  If you have multiple kids and they're all under five, you will feel terrible at time management.  Expecting yourself to have ample amounts of dedicated quiet time every single day, for instance, if your baby isn't on a sleep schedule yet, and you have preschoolers underfoot, and you have no one pitching in to (actually) help yet, is possibly unrealistic.  All that to say, what about your season of life requires special consideration when juggling your time?  Write it down.

What about your season makes life a little easier than it would be at other times?  Newborns sleep like all the time, so you've got some good chunks of the day to work with.  Preschoolers haven't started school yet and (should) still take naps each day.  Kids over the age of five can be actual contributors to the household work, which can free you up a bit.  What advantages do you have to leverage?  Write them down.

Now, hang onto that piece of paper, because you'll be adding to it.  Tomorrow, we'll cover knowing your responsibilities and commitments, and knowing your priorities.  At that point, you should be better equipped to set up a manageable, flexible routine that actually works for you!

1 comment :

todd said...

this is really good stuff. grateful for the growing influence God is providing you to help other women love their husbands and their children.