You see that picture up there? That was this past summer when I was feeling so refreshed because I had made time for myself. Because of the way I was able to organize my day, I was able to prioritize my self-care. Being able to organize my days have guaranteed my sanity and allowed me to protect my peace. Today, we'll be talking about how to organize your day so you can also get your peace back!
ORGANIZING YOUR DAY
Why You Need A Daily Schedule
In the first lesson of this training series, we discussed the importance of setting goals in your home. When you set goals, you are able to clearly identify where you are going. In this lesson, I am going to walk you through the step-by-step process on how to create your personal daily schedule.
It's so easy to get sidetracked throughout your day. This can result in being busy, but not productive. This is especially common amongst moms who have no consistent schedule. You may find yourself ending the day with only 1 task done, when you could've done more if you had a proper schedule or routine in place.
I like to use the word routine along with the word schedule, because they work together. Your schedule is not a rigid plan that you must stick to, but rather it's going to be guiding you as you go throughout your day. I like to set a goal for myself to stick to at least 80% of my schedule throughout the day. Leaving 20% wiggle room.
If you are a mom, it's imperative that you have a consistent schedule that you can reference so you can keep your home and your children in order. Order brings peace and disorder brings chaos.
If you are single, it's imperative that you have a consistent schedule so that you are creating healthy habits in your life that will cause you to bear fruit. You want to make sure that you're bearing fruit that will remain and that you'll be able to carry into your future family and home.
In the daily schedule planner, the very first thing you did was identify your goals. The schedule that you'll be creating this week will help make sure you are achieving those goals.
Identify Your Season
Wherever you may find yourself in life at this moment, it is only a season. We go through so many different transitions as women and it's imperative that we're able to clearly identify our seasons. Your life will not look the same as it did when you were a college student as it would when you're married with 3 kids. These are two completely different seasons and because they're two completely different seasons, they will require different elements in order to navigate them successfully.
So what season are you in? What is your primary responsibility in this season? Are you a college student? Are you just starting your career? Are you newly engaged? Just had a baby? Based on the season that you're in, you'll be targeting specific areas of that season in your daily schedule.
When you know what season you're in, you're able to clearly identify what belongs in that season and what doesn't. You do not have to do all the things all at the same time! You literally have your whole life in front of you. Clearly articulate your season and then you're able to build your schedule.
Ask the Lord, "Lord, what am I to be focusing on in this season? What are the things that can wait for another season?"
He is so faithful to answer you!
Schedule Your Priorities
Based on your season, you'll have certain needs and priorities that must be met. If you're a mom, maybe you're in a season where potty training (not there yet, bless all you moms who are!) is a priority. You may allot more time in your schedule to properly train your toddler. If you're single, maybe your priority is focusing on your health in a greater capacity. You may be enrolled in some training and nutrition classes, marathon runs, etc.
This is the schedule that I had when I was single. My life during this time was pretty simple. I was single, worked part-time, wasn't dating anyone, and didn't really have much responsibility outside of myself. My priorities were my relationship with the Lord, my work, staying fit and building relationship with friends. On certain days of the week, my schedule changed slightly, but for the most part this was the consistent run down:
I'm currently married, I don't work outside my blog, I have an 18-month old
baby pre-toddler, and a whole lot to manage throughout my day. My priorities currently are my relationship with the Lord, my marriage, Judah and my blog. I have some other things that fall outside of that scope like friendships, but for the most part this is it:
Do you notice any similarities? Though my schedule is different now that I'm in a different season of my life, a lot of what I did while I was single translated so easily once I got married. This is why I'm such a stickler for women who are not married to develop these habits now because you'll save yourself so much trouble once you get married!
Your schedule may not be the same every day. It most likely won't. You just have to decide what are your non-negotiables. What are those things that no matter what happens, you cannot skip that part of your day. For me, it's my devotional time, intentional time with Judah and date night with Cornell. Share in the comments what yours are!
Learn To Say "No"
This is probably my favorite part of this article. As women we love to serve others. It's in our nature. But the tough counterpart of that is that sometimes we take on way more than what we can chew! I want to encourage you to create margin in your life. Your schedule is not supposed to be packed to capacity where every minute of your day you're doing something. You need space in your schedule to allow you to breathe and also have free time to do whatever you desire.
You do not have to do everything in one season of your life. You must recognize when God is calling you to "cruise" and then when he's calling you to "push on the gas". Whatever you say yes or no to, you must mean it.
Here are a few statements you can use when saying "no" to people or things:
"Hey, as much as I would love to do that, I just don't have the bandwidth to take on anything else in this season."
"That sounds like a great event. I really need to get some rest, so I'm going to stay in tonight."
"I am so sorry, I thought I was going to be available, but I miscalculated my time. Please forgive me for not being able to follow through with my commitment."
Learning to say no is a craft that will follow you in every season of your life. Embrace this communication skill now and you'll thank yourself later.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK
TIME TO IMPLEMENT: 30 MINUTES
Create Your Daily Schedule
Your assignment for this week is to create your daily schedule for every day of the week. You can find the template in your daily schedule planner. Feel free to use my above schedule as an example to get you going!
IN THE NEXT LESSON
Organizing Your Baby's Day
Moms this next one is all about your baby. In the next lesson, I'll be going through exactly how to set up your baby's daily schedule. Baby's thrive off of routines. The more that baby's can predict what's going to take place, the more they can prepare themselves mentally. A routine will also help teach your baby discipline at a young age.
I'll also have a daily planner for your baby that'll be coming in this lesson as well. Sign up for the training if you haven't already so you can know when it's available!
SAVE FOR LATER
P.s. Don't leave this article without downloading your daily schedule planner!