This Week’s Marriage Challenge: Every day this week,
tell your husband one thing you love or admire about him.
While you are considering the new year, be sure to give some thought to creating margin in your life.
If you plan your life down to the minute, there won’t be the time or energy to deal with those things life throws at you (or time to take advantage of fun opportunities that crop up unexpectedly).
To govern my time, I’ve created a morning and evening routine (for the everyday things like laundry, making the bed, bookkeeping, writing, etc.) and I pick out 2-4 additional things to get done that day (from a fairly large list of to-do’s, organized by projects and broken down into steps). When my 2-4 things are done, my day is open to whatever I want to do. I can do something else on the list or I can do something fun and creative. I don’t worry about forgetting anything that needs to be done because it all gets written down as I think of it (either on my daily routines or on my long list of to-do’s ~ I use a system similar to Getting Things Done by David Allen).
You would be surprised how much can be done by completing a few to-do jobs each day. If you load down your day with a huge number of things, you don’t give your best to them and you’re likely to be frustrated daily by the never-ending list.
Be sure to take small breaks during the day to rest or play. It’s also good to take one day off a week to rest and do things that build you up.
I realize this might seem impossible to do if you have a crazy, busy life, but that’s just my point. Crazy, busy is not healthy and it’s a miserable way to live.
Cut back to the most important relationships and responsibilities. Carefully add activities that bring joy to your life. Think margin.
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Leonardo DaVinci
Prayer Prompt ♥ Ask God to show you how to simplify your life and build in a little margin.
Home Storage Solutions 101: January Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month If you want to simplify your home, here’s a great tool. Thanks, Bonny (of Pearl’s Oyster Bed) for sharing this resource.
Fierce Marriage: 10 Resolutions for a Better Marriage This Year Perhaps one or two might speak to you.
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