Stolen Checkpoints

June 28, 2012

in the generous life

I am so stealing this tip from my husband. It’s a great way of keeping an eye on the level of busyness in your life. (I changed the genders to make it work for you and me.)

One way to deal with the danger of being too busy it to have checkpoints. If you go X number of days without doing _______, you are too busy.  If you spent less than Y minutes doing _______ last week, you are too busy. If you cannot remember the last time you and your husband _______ then you are way too busy!

These check points need to include all the important aspects of your life, including your walk with the Lord, your relationship with your husband, getting enough recreation, how much fellowship you have, and health issues like sleep and exercise.

It is easy to lose track when you get busy, being aware some things are overdue, but not realising how long it has been. If you are serious about not doing too much, make a list of checkpoints and go through it from time to time. Even better, make a list of check points with your husband, and hold each other accountable.

What a practical and do-able idea! Get to it!

Image credit © P0temkin |


Lovely (and balanced) post about influencing your husband ~ Dissuade (from Encourage Your Spouse) 


Watch the video ~ Beautifully Imperfect (from To Love, Honor and Vacuum) ***two kleenex warning ***



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Roxanne June 28, 2012 at 6:03 am

I love the “Beautifully Imperfect” video! My 43 year old husband had an (out of the blue) grand-mal seizure in our driveway on Memorial Day. Some of our children and I watched as his body shook so violently that his tied tennis shoes came off. After several hours in the ER, he came home. That night it was an absolute pleasure listening to him softly snore beside me – and that is exactly what I posted on FB. That scary incident was a gentle reminder to value *everything* about my precious husband. Unfortunately, since then we have learned that he has a malignant brain tumor – this has elevated us even more to treasure everything (including those unique imperfects) about each other! Neurologist is optimistic and has referred my husband to a neurosurgeon at Duke University Medical Center, which we will see next week. I am blessed beyond measure with a remarkable man who is *beautifully imperfect* to me! We have 11 children (8 boys, 3 girls – ages 23 years to 8 months) and are praying to enjoy many more years together and praising God as we go. I love TMB and TGW … and have followed you for several years now :)


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