There are days when I’m about ready to run screaming from the house. I’m overwhelmed with what I need to do, or what I think I need to do, and I’m running on empty. And I get sick of hearing myself whine about it! There will always be days like that, I think, but there are things I can do to prevent them, and things I can do to cope when they happen anyway.
1. Simplify: Have less stuff to clean and organize, spend only 15-minutes cleaning something and then move on to something else, limit the number of things on my calendar.
2. Avoid Time-Suckers: Like… blogging. 🙂 Facebook, computer time, netflix/movie time, etc. Sure, it’s good occasional entertainment, but I am guilty of spending too much time on those things at the expense of my responsibilities or other activities that would be better uses of time. Like… exercise. 🙂
3. Stick to Routines: Whenever possible, stick to the daily and weekly routine. When I veer off course, the whole day is wacky. Limiting those occasions to when it is absolutely necessary is a good idea.
4. Stop Striving for Perfection and Enjoy Being “Good Enough”: Although you wouldn’t know it by looking at my house, I’m a perfectionist. I’m just not a very good one. But I am really good at beating myself up over not living up to my own high expectations. I need to lighten up and know that I am “good enough” – my worth is in Christ and not in my abilities as a housekeeper, wife, and mom. And He has chosen me for exactly what I am doing.
5. Fight Fatigue: I can get SOO tired and I know it’s not only because of the demands of my job. Much of it is my habits. It’s a big area of focus that I have been avoiding because I really LIKE staying up late! But changes in these areas would help me tremendously: getting to bed at a decent time, waking up the same time every day, getting some quiet time in before the family wakes up, eating better, and exercising.
This last one is the big one for me. So I’m going to start there, believing that the rest will fall into place!