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I pulled out my laptop and got to work. My daughters were looking through the stacks at our library so I was taking advantage of a few precious moments to get some more work done. Because my days were so full facilitating our homeschool, managing our home, and driving them to activities, I had to use every snippet of available time to get the tasks on my to-do list completed.
A few minutes later, a friend came by to say hi. They had stopped by the library to pick up a few books too. Something she said stuck with me. “Wow! Every time I see you, you’re working on something.”
My thought was, “I wouldn’t get anything done if I didn’t take advantage of my spare moments.” We chatted for a while. Then they left and I went back to work.
Over the next week, I began pondering what she said. I always thought I was being productive by working in the margins of my life. I always had some task identified I could pick up when I had a few extra minutes.
But then I realized that I wasn’t really resting. I was just working, all the time. It was good stuff—reading to my children, reading what I wanted (sometimes), preparing meals, planning homeschool lessons, working on business projects. I was filling every spare moment with something.
I realized that my to-do list had taken over my life. I made a plan for each day and it was filled to the brim. I didn’t finish tasks so I moved them to the next day. There was always something to do. I never felt like I accomplished anything even though I did check lots of things off my to-do list.
I decided something had to change. I began studying time management books. I purchased a variety of planners trying to find one that would work for my homeschool mom life. I started reclaiming the margins of my life. Over time, I discovered four strategies that helped me tame my to-do list and find rest.
I now have many days that I turn off the computer, close my daily planner, and just enjoy reading a book before I prepare dinner. And I have no guilt! I find time now to just sit and watch the birds at the bird feeder. And when we go to the library, I actually read a book. It is so freeing to know that I don’t need to work in the margins of my life. I can fit everything important in and leave the margins for rest.
I want you to find rest too! So I’ve compiled these four strategies into a handy guide, “The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Taming Your To-Do List.” In this guide, you will learn why it is imperative that you implement these four strategies in your life and how to do so right away without adding more stress to your already busy schedule.
Download your free guide below and start finding rest today!