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Reassess Your Schedule and Routines

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As we settle into autumn (yay!), we’re talking about fall cleaning our homes, our diets and, today, our priorities.

Both Lisa and Kat have talked about the importance of knowing when to quit, personally and professionally, and Bernice talked about the ultimate goal of productivity. And…our ebook club discussion this week is all about time management, schedules and routines.

It’s a topic that seems to be on everybody’s mind this week!

It’s no wonder, really, since our daily routines and schedules have a huge impact on not just our productivity, but also our mood and relationships. Being over-committed, wasting time and misprioritizing all lead to stress and chaos.

With the start of the school year and the return of regular — if still busy — schedules, now is a great time to reevaluate your schedule and routines!

Let’s look at a few areas where you can do this:

Avoid Overcommitment

In case you haven’t heard it enough this week, it is okay to quit.

You should do your very best to finish any short-term commitments before quitting since it’s not fair to leave someone else in a bind, but if you have open-ended commitments that take up too much time or leave you drained and unmotivated, it may be time to give notice. If you can’t do this for yourself, do it for your family, since they’re probably the ones paying for your overcommitment anyway!

Eliminate Time Wasters

Relaxing and having time to yourself are good things. The problem is that so often we turn to things like blog-hopping, Facebook, Pinterest or even reading when we’re procrastinating instead of being intentional about that relaxation. At the end of the day, that leaves us feeling guilty and stressed.

Eliminating time wasters and saving those same activities for the appropriate time (which could be any time, really, as long as you’re being intentional about choosing them!) has a profound affect on the amount of relaxation they actually provide and our mood and motivation in general.

Instead of procrastinating with time wasters, look for ways to productively procrastinate, which ultimately leaves more time for true relaxation!

Prioritize the Important

So often we get caught up in the urgent things — emails in our inbox, spilled milk in the kitchen and a million other things that vie for our attention every day — and the important things begin to slide. Now is a great time to reevaluate what is truly important to you and your family and make those things a priority.

Daily devotionals? Family game night? Exercise? Reading? Volunteering in the community?

I can’t say what your priorities should be, but those important things often get pushed to the back burner in the midst of daily life, and the only way to truly make them a priority is to schedule them first and let everything else fall into place around them.

The arrival of fall makes me breath deeper and reevaluate in much the same way that the New Year does, and now is a great time to make changes to your schedule and routines — before the craziness of the holidays hits!

What schedules or routines do you need to reassess in this season?