Determine What You Should Be Doing Is Crucial
Previously we were discussing about some ways to find time in your busy morning to do the things that are important to you. Today I want you to think about what you should and shouldn’t be doing in those first few hours of the day.
That’s an important idea to ponder. So often we get stuck in a rut or a routine and do things because that’s what we’ve always done. We do it without really thinking about whether or not it’s the best use of our time.
Take a moment and think about what you always do every morning. Is all of it:
- or even important?
It’s Not About Cramming More Things Into Less Time
Making over your morning isn’t about figuring out how to simply just cram more tasks into fewer hours. When you read books and articles on productivity and time management, that’s often the main message and gist of it. While it can help in the short term, it isn’t a good long-term strategy for meaningful change.
Very soon you’ll hit the limit of how much faster and how much more efficient you can get. And that will not be EMPOWERING you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. Rather, you will feel even more stressed and burnt out as a result.
Shift your thinking and don’t try to add to what you do in the morning. If you want 15 minutes for:
- bible study,
- or exercise,
don’t just think about getting up 15 minutes earlier, or shaving 15 minutes off your morning routine by showering faster, getting dressed in record time, and rushing through breakfast.
In other words, don’t add to your already lengthy list of things that need to get done. You’ll only feel more rushed and stressed out if you do. And life is already stressed enough, isn’t it?
It’s About Making Smart Choices About Using Your Time
There is a quote, “Work smarter, not harder”. That advice also applies to learning to use your time more effectively. Although we seem to need 30 hours in a day and not just 24, that isn’t going to happen.
Instead, what you should be thinking about is, how to best use your time in the morning. Earlier you were asked to think of what your idea of a perfect morning might be. Now, compare your perfect morning with your current morning routine.
What aren’t you doing on your ideal morning? If you can start by cutting things out, finding time to do what’s important to you becomes much easier.
There are two great ways to find things you can stop doing.
- The first is to look for “busy” work. This is something you do out of habit that doesn’t necessarily need doing every day. Maybe it’s checking your email first thing in the morning or playing around on Facebook for half an hour while you drink your coffee. If that’s how you choose to spend your time, that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re doing it out of habit it may be time to rethink it.
- The second way to quickly earn back time is to see if you’re doing things for others that they can do themselves.
What Can Members Of The House Do For Themselves?
Kids are the perfect example.
We start out:
- fixing their breakfast,
- making their lunch,
- cleaning up after them,
- picking out their clothes,
- and making sure their backpack is packed and ready to do.
When they are very small, we have to do these things, but all too often we continue to do them long after they’re capable of doing things on their own. How do we teach them responsibility? Especially if they are never allowed to demonstrate it on a daily basis.
The same goes for things we do for our spouse. Maybe there was a time when you were the one who had less to do in the morning and it made sense to take on the majority of morning chores. Did things change? If so, is it time to lighten your load and get help from your partner?
A few small changes may be all it takes to make the time in your busy morning for what’s important to you.
Gone are the days when the homemaker was the stereotyped stay at home mom. In this day and age, families can’t live on 2 paychecks. So as mom and dad are having to look for even more additional jobs just to pay the rent and hydro bills, there is even less time at home.
So, everyone has to pitch in to help the household run smoothly, and that includes the kids and spouse. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Learning To Delegate And Eliminate
Delegating and eliminating chores and other responsibilities will greatly help you in determining what you should be doing. And that is crucial.
Even preschoolers can learn to help with the laundry. Have them match the socks. This is also an educational advantage as they learn to determine the same and difference in items.
In this busy day and age, if you are able to stop, and rethink priorities and the importance of activities, you will find things you are doing that are not important.
In that case, eliminate those activities or shift their level of priority.
Hold on to, and do those things and activities that are importance. Prioritize. By doing so, you will find more time in your busy morning schedule to do those truly important things.
One step at a time, one change at a time.