I don’t strive for balance. I strive for being present.
“Sundays are some of my favorite days.”
This wasn’t always true. I use to struggle with end of the week blues. All too aware of all the goals I didn’t accomplish, all the laundry I didn’t get done, and the dishes that needed to be washed, I felt the stress of another week gone. I felt the stress of another week starting and already feeling behind. Behind. Behind. Behind. Frazzled and behind!
Over the last few months I have read a few really helpful books, like the 5am Club or How Successful People Think. Organizing my day, planning when I am going to work, planning when I am going to fold laundry, or do the dishes or play with the kids has removed the stress and struggle in my heart. It has removed the constant frazzled and behind feeling.
I know I am organized. I know the stuff around the house will get done. I know I will spend quality time with my kids. I know I will get quality time with Rob. AND I know will pursue and conquer goals.
Oh man! It feels so good!!!
What I do: First, I don’t strive for balance. I strive for being present! When I work at being present, I enjoy everything so much more. I enjoy 20 rounds of goldfish, reading that book for the 500,000th time, replying to emails, or pulling weeds.
Second, Every Sunday I take just 10 minutes.
10 minutes to: 1. Read through my monthly goals 2. Review the past week: see what goals I did and didn’t accomplish 3. Ask myself these 3 questions a. What goals did I conquer? b. What goal didn’t I conquer? c. If so. . . Why? i. Was it too big? ii. Was I too busy? iii. Did I not prioritize it?
4. Then I set goals for the next week
“God don’t just bless what I do but help me to do what you bless.”
Just 10 minutes. To think and feel proud of what I did conquer and make a plan for what I will conquer; helps me as a mom, a wife and an employee feel in control and faithful to all the special roles I get to play.
It has actually given me more space to step into who God has made me to be.
“Remember, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten. If you want to arrive at a new destination, you need to take a new path.” -15 Invaluable Laws of Growth; John C Maxwell