Recently, I read the above quote and was inspired, again, about the value of using the time I have to do the things that matter most.
A couple of years ago my friend Sandra wrote a blog post about developing her ideal day. Since then, I’ve worked to identify what an ideal day looks like for me. As much as I love having a schedule and marking off my to do list every day, I’m learning the importance of maximizing the time I have every day.
As I began thinking about what an ideal day would look like for me, I was able to identify five specific areas I would include.
I write a lot about having a quiet time. While I don’t think there is a perfect quiet time, I have learned for me setting aside time in the morning for prayer and Bible study helps me stay centered on the Lord throughout the day.
I’m a planner. I like to make lists and identify priorities. A big part of making sure my day functions like I desire is spending time developing a plan. As a wife and mom, a large part of my daily plan involves making sure I know what is going on with my family and how their schedules will influence my day. Another aspect of my daily planning is learning to look ahead and identify what I can do now to make later a little smoother.
Let’s face it, there are just things that must be done! By identifying what I need to produce or accomplish each day, I’m more likely to get tasks finished. I divide what needs to be done into two main areas: home and writing. Most days I identify two or three tasks in each area to be my priority. If I get more done, great. But let’s face it, some days just getting a couple of loads of laundry finished and dinner cooked is a huge accomplishment.
Relationships are important to me. But it’s often easy for me to get caught up in producing and fail in people-ing. I am learning to identify specific actions I can take every day to sow into the relationships I have with others.
My goal is to set aside time every day to reflect. An ideal day for me involves time to ponder and assess what the day held. Some days I take time to write in my journal and some days I don’t. But I want to be intentional about reviewing my days, thanking God for the blessings, and contemplating what I learned.
Your ideal day probably looks very different from mine in terms of activities and schedule. But I believe these five areas are applicable to most women and can provide a framework for maximizing the time we have every day.
Have you ever considered what an ideal day looks like for you? What would you include?
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