I need more time. How many of us have said that? I need more time to finish up a project, I need more time to keep my house clean, I need more time to get all the homeschooling in.
I listened to a talk last night by Susan Bradrick entitled "Twenty-Four Hours Is All You Get." I had listened to it a while back, but this time I turned it on with a heart that was willing to listen to all she had to say. I knew what she was going to say, she was going to call me out. I'm one of the guilty ones that she talks about, the ladies who say they don't like schedules, or they can never make them work for their family. Listening to the talk made me realize that the only job you can get away with NOT being on a schedule is if you are a homemaker, or run your own business. If you work for someone else, you have to stay by their schedule or you will lose your job. The guy who cooks the hamburgers at McDonald's listens to his boss, and his boss listens to the higher up guy over other McDonald's. If someone doesn't do their job, things get chaotic quick!
Some might say, "all we do is cook and clean and teach our children. It's not that important to be on a schedule."
I'm here to tell you that I very painfully feel the affects in our family life from the lack of scheduling. If you don't tell time what to do, it will just slip through your fingers, and you can never get it back again. Every minute counts for something eternal. At every tick of the clock, our children are growing. I don't think one of us would look back and regret having organized our day to where our home ran smoothly, and we had more time to spend with our children.
What to do about it? A schedule must be made! But it all to quickly is made, and then forgotten about. I realized last night that what keeps me motivated is to listen to talks from women who have been where I'm at, and hear how they picked themselves up and made their time count. So I'm resolved not just to make a schedule (yet again) for our family, but also to keep encouraging myself along the way to stick with it. Just like going to church each week encourages us in our christian walk, reading or listening to someone encouraging us to stick with the discipline of managing our time would be very helpful in the start of this journey.
So, does anyone have suggestions on other books I should read or talks I should listen to? I'd love to have any tips you can pass along!
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