Self-evaluation isn’t always easy… or pretty, but if wanna turn your house into a home, than you’ve got to be willing to take a honest look at your time and how you’re spending it. How would your life benefit from a schedule that truly was productive?
No one wants to admit they’re wasting their time, and many of us go about each day believing that as we’re doing something and staying busy with a full schedule, that we’re being productive. But what if our view of productivity has been wrong and we’ve been fooling ourselves into the overstuffed, over-committed, and overwhelmed schedule we live every day?
People constantly complain there’s not enough hours in a day, but then shove more into their already full schedule, ignoring the fact that there are only 28 hours in a day. Okay, I’m just kidding… but to look at our “better-get-it-done-or-I’ll-feel-like-a-failure list” you’d think there were 30 or 40 hours in one day!
Can you imagine your schedule being…
- more about the quality than quantity?
- more about the result than the amount of hours put in?
- more about the outcome than the intention?
- more about restoration than busyness?
- and more about the enjoyment instead of the amount of exhaustion?
How would your life benefit from a schedule that truly was productive? If you’re going to turn your house into a home, then you’re gonna have to be more productive… that means producing something with meaning, NOT doing more meaningless stuff. It’s time to remove some clutter from your schedule.
When it comes to time, most of us are living with very little margin, if any. We arrive late, stay longer, work harder, miss more, and rest less. There are a lot of good things in this world, but if we stay busy doing good things, pretty soon we won’t be doing the best things.
Every time we say “yes” to something, we say “no” to something else. We weren’t created to do it all… and if we’re going to turn our house into a home, then we’re gonna have to evaluate what we’re doing with our time and say “no” to the things that aren’t helping us create a home.
It’s not about what is right or wrong, but what is wisest things to do for this moment in your life. If you’re sick or overwhelmed or have no time to devote to creating a home, than you have to choose what to keep and what to remove in your current schedule.
BUSYNESS DOES NOT EQUAL PRODUCTIVITY
There are so many people busy doing useless things. If you want to create a peaceful home, than you need to slo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ow down and be intentional about how you spend your time. You have to make the most of the time you have by making the most of every chance you get. The amount of time you spend doing something or how tired you are after you’ve done it doesn’t prove productivity… and busyness doesn’t equal importance or meaning… it just equals busyness.
SAY YES TO THE BEST
Just because everyone you know is busy doesn’t mean you have to live your life without a moment to spare. You don’t have to live like everyone else. You have a choice. You don’t have to say yes to every opportunity because it looks good, you don’t wanna miss out, or hurt someone’s feelings. Remember, the goal right now is to turn your house into a home, and to do that, you need to do less so you can have more…
- more peace…
- more fun…
- more value…
- more quality…
- more order…
- more rest…
- and more time to do what matters most.
If you want to turn our house into a home and live a life that creates an amazing legacy, then you need to choose the “yes” that builds something more by creating a simplified schedule that refuses to live an over-committed, overstuffed, and overwhelmed life.
Think about what’s keeping you from turning your house into a home. A schedule that works is vital to creating a space you love to live in.
#1) EVALUATE YOUR CURRENT SCHEDULE
If you haven’t already, read the previous post from this series, Why You Can’t Do It All and print out the free list of your current schedule provided there (as well as instructions for that step). Review how many “unused hours” you have each day to give in creating a home (to be broken down into time used for de-cluttering, cleaning, decorating, organizing, rejuvenating, and spending time with your family) and make any adjustments needed.
#2) MAKE MORE ROOM
Take some time to look over your current schedule. Make a list of what you need to remove from your current schedule to focus on making your house a home. Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean you have to remove them forever, but if you’re gonna focus on creating a home, you need the time in your schedule to do that for now.
After you’ve finished your “saying no” list, go back to your schedule and cross out what you’re going to remove. Be sure to adjust the “unused hours” as well.
NOTE: Be sure to look over the schedules of the other people living in your home and discuss with them anything that needs to be removed so they can help with your home as well because everyone will benefit from a peaceful home!
YOUR NEXT STEP: Why You Need to Remove the “Multi” From Your Tasking