Please, if you know me, do not laugh at me trying to write about being on time. In no way am I an expert on punctuality, but I do get to practice at it every single day. This little tip is beginning to change how I work to meet a deadline.
Hurry before you need to.
How many times do I find myself hurrying the kids to finish breakfast before we need to leave for church? Hurrying to pick up the house before company arrives? Hurrying to get my homeschool plans in order before the first day?
Bleck, bleck, and bleck. I don’t mind hurrying, but I hate feeling rushed and forcing others to rush. And I really hate that realization that no matter how much we hurry, we will already be late.
So I’m working at hurrying before we really need to.
I encourage myself and the kids to get ready quickly in the morning even when we woke up on time; choose a reasonable amount of time for breakfast and then end it; plan time to actually clean off the table, get our Bibles, and get in the car (stepping into another area of preparation there), but making ourselves do it quickly even if according to the clock we’re looking good. (this scenario applies to our Sunday mornings)
If I’m prepping vegetables or setting the table for company that night, I push myself to work as quickly as I can – feeling that hurry – even if no one will be there for an hour and a half.
When I sit down to homeschool plan I love to take my time and look through the books and think, but realistically, I only have those chances every so often so I need to pick up the pace and get my assignments written down as efficiently as possible. Right now, some plan for two weeks is better than an extensive plan for three days.
It may sound like a silly mental game, but it really has helped me. And I really need help!
What about you – do you struggle more with the preparation or execution stages of punctuality? (I have my hands raised for both) = )
I’d love to hear what has helped you.
Here is a fun article I found after I wrote this. I seem to spend lots of time reading about how to save time. = ) Secrets of people who have all the time in the world.
There is so much about this picture that cracks me up! Sorry if it’s only funny to me.
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I appreciated this post – and the article you linked, too! I really need the encouragement to be present and not feel hurried all the time.
Are you familiar with the blog Simplified Organization? I can’t speak highly enough about Mystie and her courses…she takes “Getting Things Done” time management principles and applies them very effectively to homeschool moms. Every time I get in a slump where everything feels out of control, I go back to her blog and courses and am encouraged to keep going. 🙂