Life has been known to throw me off course, and because of that, I am on a mission to get better control of my time .
Whenever I write about marriage, my marriage struggles for balance.
Now that I am writing about getting control of time, my life has been thrown off course for the past three days.
Like BIG time!
Do you know what I mean? Have you been there?
So, instead of making you think that I have it ALL together, I am letting you know that the opposite is often true.
It is because my life throws me off course that I am on this quest to control my time at least somewhat. There is a semblance of order when you are able to keep at least some things stable in your schedule.
Things That Can Throw You Off Course
My time can vanish for a bunch of reasons. Sometimes I can control what is throwing me off kilter but other times it is totally out-of-my-control.
Maybe you have had your time disappear for some of these reasons:
- Distractions in the form of ‘call to actions’ on social media or a blog you get pulled into (please get pulled into mine 🙂 as it is really alright)
- Distractions in the form of your sweet children (or grands) – Don’t make the mistake of keeping on course with your time when your children need you or want to talk. That moment might never come back to you!!
- Emergencies can suddenly change the course of the day when someone is bleeding or becomes very sick.
- Long Term Illnesses can make it very difficult because you are at the doctor or hospital as you care for your loved one or yourself.
- Issues with Teenagers or Grown Children can suddenly become a minor or major emergency that must be attended to immediately. It can make you feel so off course as if your life is in chaos as your time to care for your home, children, and job (if you have one) begins to unravel.
If You Can’t Stay Totally “On Course”, What Then?
What if one of the things above is happening in your life? Maybe something totally different is happening.
Right now I am having an issue in my life and I have had to stop much of what I ‘planned’ to do for the past three days. This looks to be an issue in my life on and off. So what then?
I am just saying that this is a real authentic post. This is more real than I want my life to be!
Yesterday everything unraveled.
I was anxious.
I had to spend several hours tending to the situation.
I had filled out my time-slotted calendar the day before by doing it as a Time Map and as my day unraveled, I forgot to complete it. At the end of the day (and dealing with this situation) I had not written this post or done much with my home business.
So, this is how I am attacking today . . .
I filled out the blocks of time in a general way allowing room for taking care of my situation and what is needed there.
Whatever is in your life, schedule in blocks of time for doctors or hospitals. When there is a sudden emergency or your children need to talk, that takes flexibility and laying down of your time.
Always Stay Flexible
Although managing your time is a good thing, putting it above other things in your life spells disaster. Always stay flexible no matter what and remember that an organized or tidy home does not trump people in your life.
You can keep chaos at bay somewhat and that will make you ‘feel’ like your time is under control.
- Try to keep up with the laundry by getting that first load going. Even in a crisis of some sort family members need to find clean clothes.
- Plan simple meals or switch to a simple meal when a crisis hits.
- Get to bed before midnight (better yet even earlier) because it helps to be stable when life hits!!
I am sure that there are so many other things that could be added here. I have just nicked the top of the iceberg.
What can you add from your experiences of getting control of your time when life throws you off course? Life isn’t easy and we all have situations in our life that we can share to encourage and help each other.
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