Day three and we are still going strong!
I hope that you will continue to declutter your surroundings (see Day 2) by simplifying your home throughout the remainder of this challenge.
One of the best ways to ensure you are not able to live intentionally is by spreading yourself too thin, so today we are going to talk about decluttering our calendars.
A general rule of thumb, I've *finally* (after nine years of being a mother) realized, if you want to decrease the amount of stress in your life, decrease the amount of invitations you accept.
As homeschoolers, we constantly feel the need to involve our children in extracurricular activities to combat the “what about socialization?” stigma. But mamas, hear me on this one: building strong relationships with family members will always reap more benefits for your child than signing her up for another year of ballet.
If you are spending more time driving from event to event than you are quality one on one time with your children, you're creating a recipe for disaster.
Keeping ourselves busy, too busy to enjoy our family, too busy to love on our husband, too busy to spend time with God is a tactic of Satan. The society in which we live tells us we need to continually do more and be more, but God tells us to be still.
Who are you going to listen to?
Take out your planner or calendar; whatever you use. Look at it. Are you too busy to live the life of wife and mother that God has created for you?
When I look at mine, the answer is yes. I'm over committed. I can't live intentionally at this pace.
Do you feel this way too?
So how do we fix it?
Here are a few tips to decluttering your calendar:
- Have a family meeting at the beginning of each month. Make your family calendar together. Have a mini-meeting at the beginning of each week to refresh the calendar and discuss the upcoming week.
- When making your monthly calendar, add your priorities first (work, school, scheduled trips, sports events, etc.)
- List all appointments (doctor visits, dentists, hair, etc.)
- Add in date nights. Discuss how many date nights you would like/are able to have during the month. These are a must! Schedule them now!
- At least one or two days a week need to be completely unscheduled. No plans. Time to enjoy your family.
- After these important dates are filled in, then you can see where you have time to add in any additional events.
Remember, your family is your first priority! Keep them first.
Today's challenge: Pray about your schedule. Is there something God is telling you to remove from your plate? If so, be bold and follow his command. He wants what is best for YOU.
How is the Living Intentionally Challenge going for you? I would love for you to link up any posts you've written about living intentionally, organization, or scheduling. Use the form below to submit your links.
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