Happy Monday everyone!
I hope your week is getting off to a great start!
Most of you have noticed that I’ve changed the free book that I offer to all of my new subscribers. Until now I was giving away my e-book called How do I Get it all Done… and Still Have Time to Enjoy It? I hope you’ve been able to take a look at it and incorporate some of the principles I share to help you with all of the things you need to do. (And maybe saying “no” to a few of the things you don’t need to do!).
At this point I’m offering my desserts book called Desserts that are Worth it. If you’re on my list you should have already received it. If you’re not on my list, please join today by filling out the box to your right and you can download it immediately.
So, what is to become of How Do I Get it all Done?
Maybe an online course one day. For now, I just want to make sure that it’s available to my readers. So, starting today and running through most of this year, I will be posting portions of that book right here. They’ll be short, and quick to read so you can get back to the business of your day, hopefully with a morsel of wisdom that will make your day lighter.
I would love for you to follow along each Monday and share your thoughts with other readers by leaving a comment. That makes it so much more fun and creates a community where we can all encourage each other. I do hope these articles will bless you and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
This week I’ll share the introduction, next week we’ll move into the first section of the book.
I have a confession to make.
I never really intended to write a book about time management. I thought I should leave that to the professionals. After all, my house isn’t always clean, we sometimes have to eat out because I haven’t been to the grocery store in over a week, and my husband has been seen a time or two wearing wrinkled shirts to work. (Somebody needs to get that man a maid!) But It’s funny how things work out sometimes.
You see, lately I’ve been asking the very question on the cover of this book. How do I get it all done… and still have time to enjoy it? With an eleven year old daughter to educate and a very high maintenance two year old son, I was feeling a little less than successful. I needed to find a way to be available to her more during the day while still keeping my son out of too much trouble, and managing the house.
I began taking a close look at how I do things, what is important to me, and what needed to be improved. I knew that I needed to get organized and start working smarter instead of trying to work harder. I got out the notebooks and started making plans. I made some new schedules, resolved to use some of the systems I had let slide, like using a monthly menu, and I got rid of a lot of stuff in the house that we no longer needed.
Those were good first steps. I did see some improvement. With less stuff to work around and a better idea of what we needed to be doing at any given point in the day, I started to see some changes. But something was still lacking. I was really feeling a strong desire for peace and order. I wanted some down time, and I wanted to be able to just play with my kids, or go out with my husband. But it didn’t seem like I could get my work done and still take time to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I knew I had to get even more organized and maybe make some changes in what we do and how we do it.
Right in the midst of trying to figure out how I could accomplish all that I wanted to and have some free time, I was invited to submit an article for consideration in a book. The book was to be a compilation of various authors on the topic of, none other than time management! My first thought was “Who me? I don’t write about time management, what do I know about time management?”
That question was all I needed to get me thinking, and writing. What did I know about time management? Well, I know it’s helpful to use a routine instead of just taking things as they come along. I know that systems help me get things done more efficiently. And I know that if I try to do too much I don’t do anything as well as I would prefer. As I went about my day, thinking about these things that I do know, I began to formulate clearer thoughts on how to apply these principles, and how to maybe help someone else who would like to have more time to play at the end of her day.
So, because I’d rather write something down than to keep hearing my own voice repeating it in my head, I sat down and turned some of my wandering thoughts into an article. And it got too big so I started another article. And then more. And now, you have in your hands the compilation of each of those articles.
This is a “learn with me” kind of project. I don’t claim to be even close to knowing all there is to know about managing time. I can say I have been blessed by some godly women who took their time through the years to show me little things here and there, whether it be my mom, with all the wonderful little tricks she showed me along the way, or through books written by godly women who I may never meet. (I have gotten to meet two of my most beloved mentors, Elizabeth George, and Sally Clarkson- what a blessing! )
Things are going more smoothly at our house lately, even with the addition of writing a book! I’ve taken some of my own advice and made some changes that are really helping. I know I will always be learning and growing. It is my hope that you will read this not as a list of rules from someone who “has arrived” but as a letter to a friend, from a friend, who is walking the same path. A path that is filled with challenges, but also filled with rest and freedom. My prayer is that this will in no way add more burdens for you to carry, but that something in this book will work for you, not only so you can get it all done, but that you will have plenty of time… to enjoy it!
Be sure and join me next week as we begin Defining “It All”. If you’re not on my mailing list, be sure to join. You’ll get the articles delivered right to your e-mail box so you won’t have to try to remember to come back on Monday.
Enjoy your week,
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