One question I hear regularly from readers and in real life is,
“How do you do all you do?”
From online ministry, crafting, sewing, home decorating, poem writing, running, maintaining a clutter free home, cooking and baking from scratch, natural health care learning, home business running, essential oil using, up for any challenge, encouraging wife and mom, aka. crazy canning and gardening lady…
Let me first clarify, I’m not super woman. Neither do I pretend to be.
But I do claim to seek a purposeful life. One that makes the most of every opportunity, stewarding my time and resources well.
For me that means I have a few things that must be done every day to ensure I don’t lose my mind, sap my soul, or create a chaotic home.
And since so many of you have asked, here are a few of my nonnegotiables to building a better day.
1. Feed my soul well.
Preferably in the morning over coffee, I take a few moments with the Lord to recenter my soul on Him. I do this through reading His word, prayer and music.
This can take anywhere from fifteen to forty-five minutes. When the Lord speaks, I listen. A lot of this depends on what time my children wake and my husband’s schedule.
I used to not do this, because I strongly dislike mornings. Seriously, only crazy people get up at 5:30 am. right? The Lord called me to 5 am. a few years ago, and for one week I gave it my best shot. I’ve been doing it ever since, because something happened in those moments with Him that made me realize how essential having my soul fed really is.
Ask the Lord to guide you in this step. What He asks you to do, He will provide strength and perseverance for. I’m proof of that. I used to be a 7am or later morning person. Two hours earlier was a struggle huge for me.
Hence the next step.
2. Start my morning the night before.
I never go to bed with my house a wreck. There is something about clearing the counters, doing the dishes, picking up the toys and sweeping the floors the night before, that starts my days off in a more calm, relaxed way.
Do you enjoy being greeted by last night’s crusty dishes? How about a maze of legos? Me either.
So we have a nightly routine that involves a family effort in clearing the days clutter.
Crytal Paine of Money Saving Mom gives a great way to achieve this step in this 14-day course.
3. Have schedules that work together and stick to them.
For every morning’s cleaning schedule, I incorporate 15 minutes of a once over of the whole house. This involves walking around with a dust mitt, fixing beds, putting away random items, sweeping the kitchen floor after breakfast, etc.
I have daily cleaning schedules that involve fifteen to twenty minutes of deep cleaning certain rooms of our home, with each room being cleaned at least once a week.
The first few times you clean this way will be the hardest. Maintaining the schedule is key to it becoming easier to clean and organize your home.
I also use meal schedules and freezer cooking. I make my own budget friendly meal plans using family favorites and seasonal foods.
Oh, and I use my crockpots almost daily. I have five. It’s an obsession!
4. Do something you enjoy every week.
I enjoy many things from crafting to roller coasters, good books, campfires, sunsets and the like.
When I take a little time to appreciate life, I become better equipped to live out my calling and reach my goals. Making a little room for pleasure helps me realize that life is worth the harder moments!
“This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them–for this is their lot.” Ecclesiastes 5:18
4. Get enough sleep and exercise.
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for He grants sleep to those He loves.” Psalm 127:2 It’s the combination of early rising and late retiring that exhausts us. In our frantic search for more, the enemy often uses sleep against us causing us to believe we are wasting our time by resting.
God has given us sleep. Use it.
I don’t know why that was so hard for me to figure out. I’m really good at running myself ragged.
God has also told us to take care of our bodies. When we exercise, even just 10-15 minutes a day, we become physically stronger to handle our tasks and mentally stronger to handle life’s difficulties.
In this course you will find a few ways to make exercise and healthy sleeping habits possible.
5. Give yourself grace when you don’t get it all done.
Some days I fall flat on my face. Sometimes it’s a few days in a row due to household sickness or family emergencies. That is okay.
But don’t let it stay that way. Get back to purposeful living as soon as you can.
When you are intentional about keeping your soul filled and your time maximized, day by day you build a life well lived.
It’s time to own your life and live it well.
Share in the comments how you make the most out of your day.
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Each day holds an encouraging 3-5 minute video and a short instructional guide from the workbook to help you set up your own days for success.
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