Part 2 of Better Flow: What she said...
Happy day to you! I so pray you're absorbing all the goodness of this season as we start transitioning from summer into fall! It's truly a sweet spot! I'm tickled to share the continuation of responses I received from a few friends I polled with the question, "What are two things you're currently doing to better manage the flow of your day?" Here's more of their nuggets:
- Walking. Using this as prayer and listening time.
- 'Guard' some time in the week for me to take care of things at home that tend to pile up.
- I'm learning that I can only schedule so many appointments/meetings in a day and careful not to overload too many in the week.
- I recruit my kids to arrange all that's needed for the next day (clothes, lunch, practice gear, supplies) and lay it all out. I do the same for myself. Then we aren't scrambling before school.
- I MUST make time for scripture study and prayer early. This helps me prioritize the day.
- I'm a list maker...No matter if it's work or cleaning the house, I make a list.
- Review larger events for the week on Sunday and make sure everyone has a game plan. Organize events/tasks the night before.
- My very best strategy, which I don't do everyday, is to put it all in God's hands and ask Him to direct my day. It always goes best that way!
- I live by my planner and try to plan out my days.
- I try to focus on one thing at a time, I tend to try to multitask and then don't get everything done.
- I put my phone in another room so that I don't get distracted by texts or social media.
- Move. In some form or fashion, it may be walking, group fitness, home video. Just something active.
- Eat dinner early, like after school, instead of late evening. Eat a snack later if hungry before bed.
- Fired myself from taking care of my children's responsibilities ex/sports uniforms, school clothes, sports equipment, etc. Allow them to take charge.
- Have quiet time in the morning before I need to get everyone up and ready.
- Spend the morning working my business and afternoons in quiet time or service in the community.
- Be flexible and breathe.
- Double up when cooking a protein for dinner so there will be enough for it to be transformed into another dinner later in the week.
- Review next day schedules/tasks. Prepping anything needed the night before.
- Share grateful moments throughout the day.
- DON'T overcrowd my calendar. Learn that saying 'no' is less painful than being spread too thin.
- Have moments (even if it's only 2 minutes) to genuinely connect with loved ones.
- Pay goodness forward.
- Stay thankful.
On that note, I am so thankful for shared hearts and for realizing that we truly sparkle our brightest when we do life together. And remember, sometimes a closed door just means we may need to go through an open window. Breathe deeply. Much love, Amanda