Monday, April 1, 2013

Long Time, No Post

Life can be crazy sometimes can't it? Somehow, in the middle of trying to simplify my life, it seems it just kept getting more complicated! My husband was called back to work in early January. I picked up two extra kids to babysit. We added three new goats, two meat rabbits, and soon to be two lambs, a meat goat, and 100 broilers to the farm!  The days are never long enough to get everything I want done.

I've been spending time researching ways to make our lives run smoother and it seems to keep coming back to self discipline! I'm not very good at that! I must take the time to make our menus, grocery shop, prep and cook, clean the house, plant the garden, weed the garden, feed the animals, teach the children, love the husband, cherish the children, nurture my relationship with the Lord, be a good friend, and the list goes on and on. I'm overwhelmed just thinking about it! There's no way I can succeed at this is without self discipline.

Is it even possible to manage all that I have on my plate? Compared to some, it doesn't seem like much. We don't have activities that we run to every day. I'm not on the go. The days just seem to slip by without much accomplished.

Do you have any tips for me? Have you figured out how to accomplish all your needed tasks??


12 comments:

ohiomom said...

I think you're on the right track with the self-discipline thing. Try making a schedule board so everyone is on the same page. Be sure to list everything, and don't forget to leave time for relaxing/enjoyment. You have to recharge to be at your best in everything else. Maybe try some self feeder/ self waterers for the animals for a start. Make games of the other chores to get the kids involved willingly, and offer some kind of reward system for chores and schoolwork completed. Nothing costly, just maybe ten minutes of free time or something. good luck!

heather said...

I hear you. I haven't figured it out yet myself. The spring is always a crazy time for us with ball schedules and other things. I have started carrying a notebook in my purse to schedule each day and list 3 or most important things for the day's to-do list. I try to at least accomplish those few things so even if nothing else from my longer to-do list gets done, at least Something was done.

karylsquilts said...

a job??

viewfrommynest said...

What about setting a timer for a certain number of minutes that you think a certain job should take...like feeding the animals 30 min. Make it a challenge to get it done in that time. Prioritize your daily list from must do down to like to get done. Try to get all of the musts and 2 would like to do items done each day. I really like a timer to keep me on task.

viewfrommynest said...

Set a timer to challenge you to get jobs done in a timely manner. Prioritize must do down to like to do. Get all must do and 2 of would like to do each day. Setting a timer really motivates me to do a job quickly.

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momstheword said...

I imagine we all struggle with self discipline, I know I do.

I do best with accountability and schedules or routine. My quiet time with the Lords seems to do better when I am accountable to someone for it, whether it's a person or a Bible Study that I'm involved with.

When I stick with my cleaning schedule and routines my house looks better, lol!

I homeschooled my kids and I had a chore training time schedule in for each kid, so that also kept my house clean! ;)

Now I'm no longer homeschooling but still busy and so sometimes I just have to force myself to get up and go do something, whether I feel like it or not.

That's why I wrote my "Lazy Mom" series, because when I make it fun I'm more apt to do it, lol!

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