Thursday, November 18, 2010
One Thing at a Time
For me, the most important thing is to spend at least some small portion of my day alone with God. I love people and I love my family, but I have to have a little quiet time alone to think and read my Bible - to be inspired and refreshed. I have even read in my closet when the house was full of people just so I could have a few moments of peace.
From there, it helps if I break large goals down into small steps. For example, I'm working on a big writing project at the moment. The total amount that I need to write feels overwhelming and scary, so it helps me to break it down into smaller tasks. I might set a goal of "write 400 words today". Doesn't that sound less daunting than "write 10 pages this week"? Once I've met that goal I don't have it hanging over my head for the rest of the day.
I've also learned that sometimes I have to actually schedule fun. That sounds like such a crazy type A thing to do, but it really works. At times in my life, like now, when I have lots of irons in the fire, I start to feel like I have to be productive at all times. I have to constantly be cooking, cleaning, working, writing, etc. I can't just read for fun or soak in a warm bath. There's too much work to be done! So I decided that every evening, after the dishes are done (or at some other point in the day), I'm going to do something fun for at least half an hour. I might read a magazine, knit, or watch a Christmas movie with the kids. The point is that it's something I want to do and not something I have to do.
Posted by 50s Housewife at 10:15 PM