As I’ve been making some huge changes to the way I blog (I quit blogging the “right” way), I’ve also become much more aware of how I am spending my time. What makes me decide to do one thing, instead of the other 1,000 things I “need” to do? Recently, it’s been whatever seems most urgent. We’ve been a bit overwhelmed with renovating our adorable little farmhouse, along with homeschooling my eldest, running our store, blogging and all the “regular” household chores that need doing. It’s been chaos.
As you know, I quit blogging the “right” way, which has freed up so much time and energy. It’s been refreshing and I’m now I am looking for other ways to do things the “wrong” way. 😉 Instead of doing everything the way that people think I’m supposed to, I’m asking God what He wants me to do… and HOW He wants me to do it! I’m hoping that sharing my God-whittled to-do list will inspire and encourage you, too.
I’ve always planned to be pretty informal and unconventional with homeschooling, but now it’s even better! I had been waiting until my youngest (almost two) was down for her nap before doing school with my eldest (five-years-old). I thought it would be the “right” way to do it, since I was afraid our wild little redhead would just be a distraction for our very distractable five-year-old. But….
I was so wrong! I decided to go ahead and give it a whirl and guess what? Our two-year-old sat there and repeated everything we said. She’s learning the sounds of letters and having her repeat the sounds right after our five-year-old is actually reinforcing the sounds for our eldest. Win! Talk about the brilliance of a one-room schoolhouse, huh?? I’ll be much more flexible about including our younger daughter in homeschooling, though I will stay aware of possible distraction and make sure our eldest has a good learning environment.
If you order something and find a label that is off-centered, it’s because our adorable little five-year-old is the official labeler! She is so proud of herself for contributing and she loves working with her mama. If your shipping label is crinkled, it’s because our almost-two-year-old has designated herself as the paper-fetcher. Whenever the printer spits something out, she runs in and grabs it to bring it to me.
If you know me, you know that I can be a bit of a perfectionist. 😉 Having these things less-than-perfect is something that would have bothered me, before. Now, I love that my girls are taking part in things and that it’s becoming a family store, rather than my store. Don’t worry, though, I don’t let them get into the salves and lotions, so nothing gets contaminated. 😉
This is something that I have learned to be flexible with, since I am just not a schedule person. I prefer relaxed routines- rhythms to my days. I keep a basic rhythm to each day, but I also have “special” days each week that look a bit different. For example, grocery shopping is an all-day thing (since we live quite a ways from the town we shop in) and I now have one day a week as my “bloggy” day. I’m still getting the hang of the new routine, but it’s already so much better than the frantic running in circles I was doing.
If you need a bit of help getting finding a good routine for you, read these:
- Establishing a Homemaking Routine: Prioritizing
- Establishing a Homemaking Routine: Planning
- Establishing a Homemaking Routine: Maintaining
These are all just some example of from my own life. I’d like to encourage you to write down all the things you spend your time on and pray about each one. Which ones does God really want you to spend your time and energy on and which ones should you let go? The things that are on the keeper list are the things that you can consider alternative methods of doing. If you’re doing them the “right” way, consider several other good ways to do them and see what will fit best into your life, at this point.
Once we let God whittle down our to-do lists, we will have the time to do everything left on the list. It’s trying to do more than God intends for us to do, or even doing the right things in the wrong way, that leaves us feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Our modern world is so busy- so full of urgent things that really don’t mean anything at all. We need to ask God for perspective to help us make the truly important things our priorities and let go of the rest.