An old year is coming to an end, and a new one about to begin. When thoughts of 2013 pop into my head I see many good memories, but also many changes I would like to bring to 2014.
Changes in myself to bring clarity of direction for my family and my daily habits. I don’t want to waste time anymore. You can’t get it back!
I am a firm believer that children practice what they see, not what you preach. At this point in my life, I repeat so many things that my mother used to say and am suddenly drawn back to the memory of when she said the words. But what sticks in my daily life is her dilligent running of our family home.
In 2014 my goal is to be more conscientious of my time with the daily life needs of my family. God wants us to be good stewards of our time, and that may mean getting up earlier to accomplish a Bible Study, or tracking time to see how each hour is being spent. Now that doesn’t not mean being a slave to the time, but as mother’s we have so many hats that we wear, and in order to not fall behind, we must know how to spend the time we are given. Soap opera’s and junkfood on the couch may have to take a backseat to accomplishing a goal. Or give ourselves 30 minutes for TV, and 30 minutes for working towards a goal.
Each season of life has challenges, and we must learn how to accomplish what we have to do to keep our homes running around the challenges. For example, I have 3 children soon to be 4. The household chores that I can do now, may not be possible at the same times after a new baby. My challenge is to find a schedule that will work so that chores will get done and our ship runs smoothly.
In preparation for the baby I have list of necessary accomplishments to help our transition run more smoothly. For instance, I know the house must be cleaned and for at least 6 weeks I may not be able to keep up with the cleaning. How will I solve this problem? Well for about 6 paychecks I have been putting back a portion of money to be able to pay another person. Now, I know how much I have to spend and can shop for a person that my budget will allow. Even though we are a one income family I had to be frugal and cut back to save money for a cleaning person.
To start off 2014 I have set 3 new positive habits that I want to work on for myself. I am starting with only 3 and marking off 100 days to see the habits form.
My new year, new start is to accomplish 3 new habits when my schedule will allow.
1. Goal #1 is to wake up by 6:15am each day. I set a specific time that is not outrageous because I know that if I set my time at 5:00 am that just won’t happen. My goal is to start my morning habit so that I can have time to get dressed and ready for my day.
2. Goal #2 is to have a Bible Study each day. Even if it is only 5-10 minutes, I want to open my Bible and spend my first moments studying God’s word. This will help keep me grounded in my day, and give me a great start.
3. Goal #3 write down my daily schedule for better time management each day. I will write out the chores and needs that must be met each day and assign them a time for accomplishment.
I have a 100 day challenge that I am personally taking to watch the transformation of my goals.
Do you want a new year, new start? I will update my progress on this blog to keep you posted!