If there's one thing you might realize by now, it's that life can be stressful. As you nativage the demands of work life, home life and family life, you probably have a hard time remembering a time when you can get things done without interruptions.
But perhaps those interruptions are there for a reason. To help you become a better version of yourself.
To keep you on your toes and to draw you closer to God.
Your life is interesting and full. Variety in our personal and professional life adds spice to our life and make it worth living. Now all you need to do is learn how to balance it all.
If we don't tell our time where to go, it will go everywhere. Picture a shallow ditch that connects to a small pond. Our goal is to have water flow from the shallow ditch to the small pond. The bucket of water represents our time.
One option is to just dump the water on the ground and hope some of it land in the ditch. This is the method most of us use when going through our day. We get busy and just hope and pray we can get the things done that are on our list. The water (time) spill everywhere with no direction or purpose.
However, if we take time to ponder, and plan and prioritize our actions, we can pour the water into the shallow ditch and watch it flow into the small pond where we want it to go. This is what happens when we take time to sit down and reflect on how we want our days to go.
Here are 5 ways to balance your time at home and work
Let's look at each one and how you can incorporate them into your busy life as a professional working mom.
Know Your Values
Most people jump right into writing a to-do list without first getting clear on what they want to achieve.
When you take the time to know your value and what is truly important to you, the things that matters most gets clearer and you are more able to create a plan on how to get there.
So today, ask yourself these three questions. It might be great to journal about them.
The answers to these question can set you on a path of self-reflection and open up new possibilities on how to use your time.
Pray and Invite God Into Your Planning
Now that we know our values and have done some self-reflection we are more in a space to plan. But before we do, it's important to connect to God, our source of wisdom.
Scripture tells us that God already knows the plans He has for us, "plans to prosper us and not to harm us." So why not start there when we plan?
If you haven't planned with God before, here are a few scritpure verses that can help you get started.
How do you know that the things on your to-do list are the right things? Before we create a list for our day, we need to take a step back and prioritize what matters based on our values and what God is calling us to do.
Knowing your prioritize is so important. Why? Because as you make decisions througout the day and get presented with opportunities, your priorities will tell you which ones to accept and which ones to let go of.
Your priority list becomes the barometer by which you test your decisions.
Create A Schedule
Don't just fill up your calendar and schedule with busy task. Instead create a schedule that feuls you and helps you get closer to your goal.
The key is to create a schedule based on what's important and where God is calling you, not based on what others think you should be doing.
When we create a schedule based on our priorities we are less likely to feel guilty because we know we are making time for the things that are truly important to us.
Distractions and interruptions come from every direction it's hard to stay focused sometimes. Not to mention the constant buzz of our phones and the desire to be needed.
Here are some simple ways to handle distractions that have helped me so much.
The Time Is Now
If you want to make a change to calm the chaos in your life, try taking small changes to implement these steps. It won't happen overnight and it will be so worth it!
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