Today we receive support from our Mentor Mom Janis and our Home School Mom Cristina. Our friend Tanya brings to us a struggle that many of us can relate to. I appreciate the Godly Counsel that is shared here and I believe you will to.
I am struggling with getting some motivation for organizing home life. There are a lot of things that I have going on right now. I have a schedule that I think is fantastic. But I just can’t seem to get a groove going. I think it is residual tiredness from burning the candle at both ends for so long. And unfortunately home organization is suffering. And this is starting to spill over into all things- homeschooling, blogging, friendships. How do I go from having a fantastic plan for home management to actually getting it going?
from Tanya God’s Character
I think, from time to time, we all experience what you are going through. We start a task only to turn around and find five more waiting for us. Staying motivated can be a struggle. To conquer this area of my own life, I’ve discovered a few tips for keeping things moving in a positive direction.
Write things down. Then, prioritize my list according to importance; crossing off to-dos which could be put off for a better time.
- Look for the “Big Three”. What three things must I do today in order to meet my family’s needs? Ask the husband which three are most important to him (we might be surprised what’s on his list). If those three get done, we’re doing great!
- Reorient our thinking. I know this sounds contrite, but it’s so true! When we stop looking at home life as a chore and start looking at it as a ministry to our family, it changes how we prioritize our day and choose to focus our attentions.
If we had a group of homeschooling friends over for an event, were hosting a Christmas party, or were trying to impress Beautiful Homes, I guarantee you my house would be sparking clean without a pillow out of place. How sad that I give those opportunities more focus than daily service to my own family. When I choose to look at housework as an opportunity to serve those I love, motivation clicks into place. My heart and head are in the game, and my family receives the blessing.
Hooray for Housework!
Cristina A Homeschool Mom
First of all I would respond with the word – BREATHE. When we take a step back from our situation, ask God for direction and help, thank Him for all that is happening – then we can see clearly.