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So, I Can't Do It All? Four Steps Toward Time Management

May 3

For years, I’ve battled the discouragement of not being able to do everything I’ve put on my daily, weekly and monthly to do list.  I’ve made the list over and over again.  On paper, on my iPhone, on my computer.  As reminders, as a checklist, as index cards.  In any and every format I can think of or read about.  Yet, the list still remains undone!

Why?

Simply because I can’t do it all.

Something’s got to give or those so-called priorities will never take priority in my life.  What can I give up?  The things I love doing?  Things that have taken priority either because they are things of urgency or things I prefer to do?

Hmmmm.

So, maybe I could spend less time on the internet or less time in front of the tube.  I’ve noticed my TV time has grown lately.  Maybe, it’s because I’m trying to escape reality.  Yeah, it’s nice to forget about the growing laundry monster or the excessive weight on my body or the big to do list sitting on my desk.  Until, I come across it again, then how scary it is to face!

So, here’s my game plan to take better account of where my time is going:

1.  Make a list of the things I am currently doing (making time for).

2.  Make another list of things that I should be doing.

3.  Comparing the two lists, decide on what should go and what should stay.

4.  Make it happen with action!

Sounds easy enough.  Yet, I’m a procrastinator and a perfectionist, so we’ll see just how it goes!

I hope you’ll leave your suggestions here and check back with me to ask me if I’ve kept my word.

I always enjoy linking up with MomstheWord, because she tends to motivate me into doing something to make my home sing.   I wrote my own post this morning before visiting her, yet when I read her post, I realize that I need to make sure that time with my kiddos gets put on that list of ‘should-do’s’ and then onto the ‘make-it-happen’ list.

Have a blessed day!  God is good great!

~Tami

6 Comments

  • Reply
    Momma Mindy
    May 3 at 12:43 pm

    I love the idea of comparing the two lists! I have the same problem, too many things on the list and the inability to conquer them all. Great idea, thanks!

    • Reply
      Tami
      May 3 at 9:17 pm

      @Momma Mindy,
      Make yourself the lists and let me know what you come up with! We can encourage one another to follow through.

  • Reply
    momstheword
    May 3 at 2:59 pm

    I tend to be results oriented so find it frustrating if I don’t finish a list. So my hubby made me a running To-do list, and I am just supposed to add things as I think of them. So it’s never completed, lol!

    Somehow just seeing a few thinks checked of is enough to give me that sense of satisfaction, I guess.

    But I love your idea about writing down what you’re doing and what you should be doing, because that is taking a look and seeing if your actions are matching your priorities!

    Have fun with the kiddos and thanks for linking up today!

    • Reply
      Tami
      May 3 at 9:16 pm

      @momstheword,

      It’s be a hard task for me, simply because I already know what I spend too much time doing. I don’t want to admit it, either, but I must if things are going to get their deserved attention and priority.

  • Reply
    Moonpie
    May 3 at 7:26 pm

    I LOVE ZOEY!!!!! She is tooooo cute. Looks like she is saying, #1 priority is spending time with Zoey!

    • Reply
      Tami
      May 3 at 9:19 pm

      @Moonpie,

      She isn’t #1, although she’d love that! She doesn’t get near enough attention.

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