Saturday, September 17, 2011

stay in motion

So.  This week Jessi and I are continuing on with tips and tricks learned from our own experience in endeavoring to use our gifts to bless our families.  

One thing I know about myself very well is that I am horrible at time management.  Just horrible at it.  I'm very easily distracted by another cup of coffee or an hour reading blogs or a few minutes on facebook or any other thing than work.  

I've learned to work by this principle: a body in motion stays in motion.  I don't have dedicated work times everyday but on the days that I do, I take a shower and get completely ready before I drop my older two children off at school.  And when I come back home with our youngest, I eat a quick breakfast and try to stay moving.

The truth is that if I sit down to savor the funner things first on work days, an hour has passed and I've forgotten much of what I needed to get done that day.  So I try to stay in motion.  Unload the dishwasher. Fold laundry. Get packages ready for the mail. Take a walk with a kidlet.  Anything that's at the top of my being intentional list for the day. 

And then when it's time to work, I can just work.  I don't have to shower or do maintenance kinds of things.  I can just work for my allotted time.  

I've had to accept this way of living bit by bit because the truth is that even though I'm an early bird, I love to have a slow morning.  But too many slow mornings lead to total chaos in my brain, heart and house.  The beauty of this whole shift is that sometimes, some glorious times, I get to have a slow morning anyway because I've made the most of my time.  Also. I always make sure I have a dedicated quiet morning around once a week.

A few encouragements for you:

1.  Get ready very first thing in the morning.
2. Try to stay in motion. Set a timer if you have to.
3. When you think you're done.  Try to do just one more little thing.  Just try.

I can't wait to hear from y'all.  Will you try to stay in motion? Do you already stay moving? Share if you'd like!

1 comment:

  1. Love this. It's so true! Once I stop and sit down it's like my eyelids start to droop and my energy just ebbs away... stay in motion, I like it.