It is no secret that we live a very busy life.
Hopping from event to event, traveling from place to place, state to state… moving from one project right into another.
I know my life gets busy and crazy at times and I’m sure you have those seasons in your home as well.
So, how do I keep it all together?
Or rather, since I’m not always ALL together, how do I stay sane in the midst of a wild calendar?
1} Sleep. Sleep has become incredibly important for me and for my girls. Jeremy doesn’t seem to need it, although he does seem to crash and nap once and awhile. But for the girls and I, bedtime is crucial. Not necessarily a specific time anymore but a specific number of hours of sleep. If we can sleep in, then bedtime can be later. If we must get up early, which in a homeschooling family can be really hard, then bedtime comes sooner.
2} Scheduled family time. When life gets busy and the calendar is full, we have to be intentional about having pizza nights at home or going on long bike rides together. A time when mom and dad unplug from the world and focus on the kids.
4} Always run your washer. I run loads of laundry almost every day. I gather up towels or tear down a few beds for a quick load in the morning while we all get ready or late at night after the girls go to bed. I always feel more productive when the washer is running because I’m actually doing two things at once – laundry and whatever else I’m doing at the moment! When life is busy, I don’t have time for “laundry day” like I do in the winter. I need clothes ready all the time to pack up or take somewhere. Doing laundry every day makes that possible.
5} Make lists and stick to them. When I have a lot to do, my lists keep me organized. I tend to miss things and forget things if they aren’t on a list. Even the little things that you are SURE you’ll remember to do? Yeah, put it on the list.
6} Enjoy the moment. Don’t get too caught up in what is coming next. Yes, something is coming and there is always another event looming in the distance, but stay focused in the now and enjoy the moments of life. A busy life is a FUN life!
7} Don’t forget your spouse. If family time is a 10 on a scale of 1-10, then couple time is a 20. It is that important. Stay connected and stay in tune with each other. Communication is ALWAYS better when you can connect for a few minutes a day to make sure you are on the same page. Here are some date ideas and ways to keep things hot during the busy times.
8} Have a good working calendar. And sync it with your family members. Even if it is overwhelming to look at like mine is, at least everything is in one place. I even jot notes for next year down on the last page of my correct calendar. When I get a new calendar at the end of the year, I have notes all ready to go in the new one. Planning months in advance really helps me get a big picture of what we are doing and where we are going.
9} Be okay with half jobs. I don’t always have time to clean everything all in one day. Hey, I don’t even always have time to do part of my house. But, even if I just get half of the bathroom cleaned or toys picked up or the kitchen counters cleared, I feel better.
10} Spend time with God. Being busy is NOT an excuse to let go of your Bible reading plan or your church activities or your Bible study class or doing devotions with your kids. Those are the most important parts of your day. Get them in somewhere and you will notice a difference in YOU and in your kids. It is not time wasted nor is it just something else to do. It is vital to your success in life and your success in your relationship with God. His word will not return void and it produces a valuable return for the investment. For me, I love mornings!
I’m sure there are other things I do but those are the Top Ten things I could think of at this moment!
I hope a few of those things inspire you to keep going strong in the midst of a busy, enjoyable life.