Welcome back to the ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Challenge! You can find the beginning of this challenge *here*
So here we are. The last day of this challenge.
We covered so much ground these last three weeks. We made some year-long goals for our family, broken things down into the month-by-month, learned how to focus on different home tasks each day of the week and finally polished up our daily routines by sorting them by time of day. Your home management binder may only have a few pages in it at this point, but I’m confident you have all the necessary tools to take things from here.
In this final post, I’m going to share the secret of getting ANY of your long-term goals accomplished. Are you ready for it? Here it goes…
Be sure that every single one of your yearly goals somehow lands on your daily routine.
Here are a few examples. Perhaps you want to:
- Start praying for friends and family more effectively
- Lose those last eighteen pounds of baby weight
- Do less nagging and more affirming of your husband
1) The praying goal is more of a daily life change than a weekly or monthly one. So that one’s easy. Onto our daily routine it goes! Would it be more likely to get done in the morning for you? Or better incorporated into your Before-Bed Routine? There’s no wrong answer. You know when you’d be most likely to get it done. Write it down and start ‘checking it off your list’ each day until it becomes a habit.
2) What about losing that babyweight? Well, you can’t exactly put ‘Lose 18 lbs today’ on your to-do-list. That’s more of a year-long goal. But at the same time, if it doesn’t make it on your daily list, it will just sit there out of reach, seemingly unattainable, and taunting you. So let’s get serious. Break those last pounds into months. That’s about one and a half pounds per month. Can you lose 1 1/2 lb per month? Sure! That’s much less scary. But again, nothing on your monthly list is going to ‘just happen’ unless you also incorporate it into your daily routine somehow. So onto your daily list it goes… Exercise in the morning? Write it down. Eat HEALTHY snacks in the afternoon? Write it down… Carrots and hummus, not Oreos. Do those healthy snacks need to be prepared ahead of time? Put it on your Cooking Day list. Not drinking enough water? I actually have this on my to-do-list, people. Call me crazy, but it gets done.
3) What about that more-vague goal of becoming less of a nag and more complimentary toward your husband? Well, that’s a harder one, since it doesn’t fit nicely into any daily routine. But what you can do is to remind yourself of your new resolution daily. Write down a few encouraging (or convicting) Bible verses and put it somewhere you can see every single day. This might be in your binder, directly across from your to-do-list. Every time you open it, it will be there.
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm. Proverbs 27:15
The idea is that by looking at it every day, it will gradually soak into you and become a part of you. Then when the temptation comes, hopefully so will those verses to mind. This can be done with any character trait you know needs work in yourself. I had the ‘cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones’ verse written across my binder for years. It’s amazing how much harder it is to feel sullen about housework when that’s written right alongside things.
For more ideas of what you can organize with your binder (kid-related things, recipes, business information, prayer lists, home decorating ideas, important #’s and addresses, etc), don’t forget to check out The COMPLETE Tour of My Home Management Binder.
And before you go, if you have been following and enjoying this series. Please do me a favor and let me know in the comments. I absolutely love hearing from you! It truly makes my day and is what gives me the courage to keep writing more.