The mind is a very interesting thing isn’t it? We are all so different and that’s what makes life interesting. But it also means that we would do good to quit thinking we have to be so much alike. There are so many different ideas about how to better manage your time/day and many of them sound great, although they may be very different. You can read numerous blogs, or magazine articles and think “Oh, that’s it! that’s what I’m going to do!” But when you try it, it doesn’t work out at all. Or as is often my experience, it might work to an extent, but doesn’t end up being the complete solution like you might have hoped. Many people see a significant jump in productivity by getting up even just an hour earlier every day. But… to the momma with an infant that needs fed every hour to two hours through the night, that suggestion probably seems crazy! Some women can stay up for hours after their kids go to sleep and be extremely productive. But the momma that had to get up super early to take kids to school, or go to work, might want to cry at such a suggestion! Some get lots of things done while their kids are at school, while others homeschool. Here’s the thing; there is no right or wrong. What works for me might not work for you, and vice versa. It’s just a fact that we all tic differently. I challenge you to think about what time of day is best for you, and plan based off of that, not off of what seems to make sense to the rest of the world.
For each of us, there is a time of day that we feel better and more “with it”. Pay attention and try to learn yourself just a bit better, and know when your best times of day are to do certain things. For example, I am just about useless in the morning. I’m not a morning person AT ALL and I hate even being awake early in the day! For real. Like, the alarm clock beeps, and I get up and I’m literally mad that I’m awake. So, planning to get up early to write my blog posts, or grade papers really isn’t wise for me. That’s why I only do things in the morning that are very routine and take very little thought. Unload the dishwasher. Start a load of laundry. Its a blessing later in the day to have these simple tasks started, but doesn’t take me really thinking or putting forth much effort when I don’t feel like functioning. I’ve also realized that I get a better work out if I wait a few hours. it kinda stinks because I’m more likely to let other things get in the way of me working out if I don’t do it when I wake up. But in the morning I have very little time, so it’s rushed. I also don’t have the energy to put forth the same effort so early. When I work out after I take the kids to school, I have more energy, I don’t modify as many of the moves and I feel great when I’m done. But when I work out in the morning, I barely survive and feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. (Have we established that I’m not a morning person?!).
So the things that are required of us: Patience, creativity, energy, effort, diligence… These things are all things we may need to practice every day. But there are certain times of day that we can probably better offer these things. There are also things we can do to help set ourselves up for a better outcome. You might feel more creative after a walk outside. Or need an hour to veg when you get home from work with absolutely no talky. Whatever your groove is, I suggest you do some trial and error and find it, and then plan the tasks of your day accordingly. That way you stress less, and accomplish more.
Remember, what works for someone else, might be a great suggestion, and give you some great ideas. But it doesn’t mean it’s gonna work for you. It’s time you find what works for YOU and don’t worry about being able to do things the same way as anyone else. (It’s also worth noting that seasons change, and as they do things change for us. So what works for you today might not work as well in 6 months. And that’s ok. Just another go at some trial and error and you can adjust things as needed.) Find your groove, find your time, and structure your day according to what works best for you!
Smile through the Trials,