They say behind every good man is a strong woman. But I say behind every successful woman is prayer and a planner!
I’m often asked how is that I manage to get everything done without losing my mind or myself in the process. This is a tough balance for all of us whether you work, or stay at home to raise children.
Prayer and planning are two key components that help me keep a balanced with a sound mind; while working, and raising children without overcommitting myself. It sounds simple, but it actually requires a little effort on my part.
There are four things I do every day to use my available time wisely.
1. Solicit God’s Help
Every day I pray and ask God for His help. I ask Him to direct my steps and give me discernment. Some of us get so busy, we say we don’t have time to pray. However, for me, I have so much to do; I can’t afford, NOT to ask God to help me.
Preparation is the key to any successful day. And to help in my preparation, I use an old- fashioned planner. I take a look at my week, with commitments, work deadlines, family events, etc. and then spread out my tasks throughout the week.
In addition, I schedule time for myself, my family, and time with my husband.
By knowing what’s happening for the week, it helps me keep my work load manageable so that I don’t overextend myself.
Once I’ve scheduled my week, I look over everything and identify areas I can delegate. Just because we can do anything, doesn’t mean we should do everything. Not only do I delegate to others; I also schedule my maids to do housework while I’m working. This is a great way to multitask without using additional time.
Before you say, I don’t have maids please don’t misunderstand me. We are not rich by any means, and we don’t have maids. Well, correction, we have modern maids; they’re called Mr. Washer, Mrs. Dryer, and Sir Dishwasher, etc.
On days I’m studying or blogging; I will schedule laundry at the same time or run the dishwasher. That way, when I am done working, clothes are done, dishes are done, and it didn’t require any more time on my part. This allows me to get my work done without neglecting my responsibilities at home.
4. Say No To The Good For The Sake Of The Better
My mentor taught me this a long time ago. When you’re a caring person who loves to encourage others it’s hard to say no.
I use to take phone calls that could have waited, or decided to allow someone else’s problem to become my emergency. As a result, it began to have a negative effect on my day.
However, through that experience, I learned that while speaking to my girlfriend who needs encouragement, was important; I can choose to call her back after 3p.m. when I am done working.
When I started making simple decisions like that daily, it helped me stay on track.
These 4 steps may seem rudimentary but by practicing them daily I am able to avoid being overcommitted. As a result, I’m not only productive; I have energy to focus on what matters most.
What good can we be to anybody if we are worn out from overcommitting ourselves?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all that’s on your plate, try this for a week: pray, plan, delegate, and say no to the good for the sake of the better. Then see if you notice a change in your productivity.
~ Timberley Gray