Pretty soon the kids will be back in school!
Can I get an Amen?
While I will miss the (mostly) lazy, unscheduled days of summer, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to a little more “me” time.
Usually, by the third week of school I’m totally overcommitted. I tend to be a people-pleaser and white space on my calendar mocks me until I agree to volunteer for more. Which leads to anxiety, regret, burn out, and disillusionment.
Have you been there, too?
Today, I want to share with you how I broke the cycle and learned to Make0ver My Schedule like a pro.
The journey toward becoming a MASTERPIECE requires periodic tweaking of my resource allocation.
While my priorities never change – God, husband, kids, self, vocation, serving others – the time and attention required by each of those differs with the seasons and ages.
Both the beginning and the end of the school year are opportune times to fine tune my schedule. So are, New Years Day, every time we move, and when my hubby deploys or comes home.
Intentionally focusing on my priorities from God’s perspective brings clarity, purpose, and increased productivity. And that makes for a much healthier and happier me.
So, I want to share with you the questions I ask myself at these points of pause when I overhaul my schedule.
- What is going well in my life?
- Where could I stand to make some improvements?
- What important tasks keep getting pushed to the bottom of my to-do list?
- What am I doing that doesn’t align with my priorities or add value to my life?
- Are there any new inherent responsibilities during this season?
- Have any previous commitments expired freeing up time for other opportunities?
- Which of my priorities requires the greatest investment of time now?
- When are my most productive blocks of time?
- What do I need more of to feel fulfillment in my life?
- What is draining my energy, inspiration, or delight with the life I’m living?
I block off time to spend in prayer and ask God to guide my thoughts and responses in accordance with His purposes. Then I journal the answers as they relate to each of my priorities. To help guide you through the process I created a free printable worksheet just for you.
*Download your free printable here: Makeover My Schedule Worksheet.
Eventually, the time comes to make hard decisions. Some things must go. It’s inevitable. But the blow is softened when this intentional process ensures that what remains or is added aligns precisely with God’s priorities for my life.
In other seasons, I wonder if I have time for any of it. But I trust God will make time for me to do His will.
In some ages, the amount of white space is staggering. But looking back, those were times when I’ve needed to simply be with Him more. Since that relationship is my highest priority, I have no need to feel guilty about leaving space for Him. In fact, I recommend writing it in pen on your planner.
I’m not juggling my responsibilities or trying to achieve balance in my life. I’m making a conscious decision about how I will allocate my time and talents in this season.
Prayerfully prioritizing plans from God’s perspective leads to prolific productivity.
That sounds a whole lot better than overburdened and under-resourced to me!
Will you join me?
I’d love to hear about how and when you makeover your schedule.
Be sure to come back in two weeks when I’ll share with you some more practical steps to makeover your schedule like a pro!
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
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