Guest Post by Brittany at Equipping Godly Women
Do you ever feel as though there just are not enough hours in the day? Like no matter how hard you try, you are always behind? Do you ever feel like you are constantly dropping the ball? Yeah, I’ve been here too.
I absolutely love this quote I heard by Lysa TerKeurst: “Saying yes to everything won’t make me Wonder Woman. It will make me a worn-out woman.” This quote resonates with me a little too much. I’ve been there. I am there!
Yet, saying yes to everything doesn’t give you a full life. It just drains all of your energy and leaves you with not enough of you to go around.
Can you relate? If so, here are five practical ways to lighten your workload that can really help.
1. Determine Your Priorities
As much as we women want to have it all, the truth is that we really can’t. Instead, we have to choose every day which part of our lives will get our attention that day. When we fill our lives with obligations and interests that don’t really matter, it takes time away from the things that do, like going on date nights with our husbands or spending time teaching our children good values.
What are your priorities today? What tasks do you need to let go of so you can make more time for them? I know it is hard to give up, step back and step down, but every time you add another non-essential task to your calendar, you squeeze out the things that matter most. Get rid of all the obligations that don’t add significant value to your life, and refuse to add more to your plate.
2. Streamline Your Tasks as Much as Possible
Once you’ve pared your calendar down to just the essentials and no more, find ways to streamline your routines. For example, I used to cook all of our meals for the week on Sundays so I wouldn’t have to cook again until the next weekend. I store the cleaning supplies next to the areas of the house they are designed to clean, and I do certain tasks on certain days or at certain times when it works best for me.
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3. Delegate When You Can
What is it with women and refusing to ask for help? We aren’t Wonder Woman, and it’s time we stopped pretending we are. After all, when we try to do everything ourselves, we rob others of the chance to serve us by helping out. We miss out on bonding opportunities, teaching opportunities and growth opportunities, and we make ourselves more frazzled than we ought to be.
Ask your husband to give the kids their bath tonight, and give your children chores to do. My five year old can unload the dishwasher, clean his own room, take the bathroom trash out, and gather up the laundry. Even my one year old can help put things away. (He’s not very good at it, but we’re laying a great foundation!)
4. Take Better Care of Your Health
I don’t know about you, but every time I get extra busy, my health and well-being always seem to fall by the way-side. I don’t get enough sleep, I don’t exercise, and I reach for quick and easy (and unhealthy!) snacks instead of preparing a real meal. As a result, my productivity diminishes significantly. Suddenly even easy tasks take twice as long to complete… if I can manage to finish them at all.
I know that taking care of your health can be difficult. Yet, staying in good health is absolutely essential for getting anything done. Not sure where to begin? Check out these 10 Easy Things You Can Do to Improve Your Health Today.
5. Stop Using Others’ Lives as Your Standard
Lastly, stop comparing your life to others’. Just because you have one friend who eats only organic, one friend who runs half-marathons, and one friend who is a successful career woman, that does not mean that you need to do all these things, too! NO woman can do it all, and the ones who say they can are lying. Focus on YOUR priorities, and don’t worry about the rest.
How full is your workload right now? What practical steps can you take today to make room for the tasks that really matter?
Is your busy schedule interfering with your spiritual life as well? If so, you definitely won’t want to miss this post: 5 Ways to Make Time for God When You Barely Have Time to Pee.
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Brittany is a busy work-at-home mom and blogger who loves Jesus and helping others fall more in love with him, too. If you enjoyed this post and want to read more like it, be sure to head on over to Brittany’s site, Equipping Godly Women, where she regularly shares helpful tips, tricks and encouragement to help you be the amazing woman God created you to be. You can also find Brittany on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well.