10 Questions to Makeover Your Schedule

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.

But all too often, that’s not how it works out.Makeover My Schedule Like A Pro

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.

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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.

    1. What is going well in my life?
    2. Where could I stand to make some improvements?
    3. What important tasks keep getting pushed to the bottom of my to-do list?
    4. What am I doing that doesn’t align with my priorities or add value to my life?
    5. Are there any new inherent responsibilities during this season?
    6. Have any previous commitments expired freeing up time for other opportunities?
    7. Which of my priorities requires the greatest investment of time now?
    8. When are my most productive blocks of time?
    9. What do I need more of to feel fulfillment in my life?
    10. 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.

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*Download your free printable here: Makeover My Schedule Worksheet.

Prayerfully prioritizing plans from God’s perspective leads to prolific productivity.

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.

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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!

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“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Proverbs 16:9

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33 thoughts on “10 Questions to Makeover Your Schedule

  1. HA! This is serious my friend. I love the summer because school means my life gets hectic because I sub, and that phone rings and rings, and my schedule is constantly interrupted. Hey it was interrupted all summer too.

    I’ve been making and trying monthly goals because my schedule even this summer went haywire with cut fingers, several funerals, and now another family member in the hospital so I am getting some of the goals done.

    I applaud you for having a schedule and this one is fantastic. I am with you on prioritizing our plans. Mine shift daily as my family and friends schedules interrupt mine.

    Love you. Keep writing these wonderful posts and I know you are going to do well with this schedule. You ROCK! And I’ll be back because I know I can use many of your ideas.

  2. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I’m in desperate need to reevaluating and resetting my priorities before my homeschool year starts up again, but would you believe I haven’t been able to make TIME for it yet? Eek! That’s how badly I need it. Ha! I appreciate your question, and will consider them when I make time for them this week. I also find it helpful to do goal-setting and planning both in December/January and in summer.

    1. Yes, Betsy! Resetting at the beginning of the calendar year is important, too! I hear ya about finding time… I’ll be sharing another tool in two weeks to help you budget time! Hope you’ll come back! XO

  3. I love these questions! I find myself in this position so often (even when I’m careful with my time). But there is so much that could be better!

    Thanks for the encouragement today!

  4. The problem with my schedule is I don’t want to make the hard decisions and say no. Thanks for reminding me that it’s about priorities and keeping God’s perspective in mind.

  5. This is so my life all the time! I am always struggling to find balance and to build some white space into my life. It really is crazy how fast schedules get filled up, isn’t it? I love the ten questions you shared. They are so thought provoking and really help nail down priorities. 🙂

  6. Goodness Liz, sometimes it feels like my schedule is in constant need of revamping. Like you, I tend to take on more than necessary so I have to be so careful about managing my time well. I love your 10 questions and I can envision doing this at the beginning of the year and at the start of the school year as well. Thanks for sharing!

    1. That’s awesome, Marva! I hope you’ll come back next week when I share how I get into the nitty gritty of budgeting my time! Blessings!

  7. Girl, I’ve been off the computer for a while but getting caught up on my reading today. When I saw your title, I couldn’t open it fast enough! I L-O-V-E the free printable. I downloaded my copy and plan to sit down tomorrow and get going on it! (The sitting down part won’t be difficult since I broke my toe yesterday.) Ready to get my schedule organized for the school year:) Thanks for the help getting started!

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