We’ve all heard the phrase “Busy as a Bee” and more often than not we probably feel like that phrase fits our lives perfectly. But today, I want to ask you,
What are you busy doing?
I hear a lot of women lament their lack of time. They don’t have time to get the homeschooling in, the meals prepared, the house cleaned. They have all sorts of reasons why and most of it boils down to not enough hours in the day.
I’ve said it myself…
“I just don’t have enough time to do all the things that need to be done in a day.”
But, I’m wrong.
I do have enough time. God gave me 24 hours a day just like everyone else. But, I’m not prepared.
Go to the ant, O sluggard,observe her ways and be wise,which, having no chief, officer or ruler,prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.
It is WISE to prepare. The time you are given will be used most efficiently and most effectively if you first prepare.
Prepare for the next day, prepare for meals, prepare for school, prepare for all those things you never seem to have time for.
In fact, by preparing for these things, you are saying they are important and you WILL do them. And even if they do not get accomplished in the time frame you were hoping they would, they are still prepared for and are more likely to happen because of it.
Here are a few examples from my own world to get your brain thinking about what preparations you might need to make.
Not enough time for: Some sort of preschool time with my youngest two children.
Solution: Choose several easy projects to print off, laminate, and use first thing every school day with them. (I chose the Letter of the Week curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler)
Time it took to prepare: 30 minutes to print, laminate, and cut with 2 other family members helping.
Benefits: I’m doing something fun and one-on-one with my younger boys, they are better behaved during school hours because they got some mommy-time, it’s a delight to see their eager faces as they learn new things!
Not enough time for: Breakfast and a well-thought out dinner.
Solution: Put an older child on Breakfast Duty, have my older children help plan the month’s menu, look over menu night before and prepare anything that needs to be done ahead of time (thawing meat, etc), think ahead to dinner right after lunch is over.
Time it took to prepare: Planning menus took about an hour, everything else amounts to less than 20 minutes.
Benefits: I don’t have to worry about 3 meals a day, I have input and help with meals. Meals are better thought out, more nutritious, and never last minute frantic mad dashes.
Not enough time for: Getting the house fully cleaned throughout the week.
Solution: Rethink my house cleaning schedule and do a once a week home cleaning instead of dragging it out over several days.
Time it took to prepare: 1 hour to plan and explain each person’s chores, create master sheet, and laminate the sheet.
Benefits: The house is clean for the weekend and easier maintenance during the week.
Yes, several of these required me to carve out about an hour of my day to actually prepare, but in the long run, they saved me a tremendous amount of time and even money! And best of all, I actually had the time to do them!
I’d encourage you to take a few moments to sit down and really think about the things you don’t seem to have time for. First, are they needs or wants? Second, is there some front end preparation you can do now that will make the important things a reality? Third, do you need to give up something in order to gain more time? Or perhaps you need to add in something (like a Breakfast Helper).
Start today! Become an ant! Be prepared and hard-working. You WILL reap all the hours you need in a day!