It was an honor to deliver a time management seminar at a national homeschool conference last week. I absolutely love sharing time-saving tips since that’s an area I have conquered in my own life. No longer do I worry about the number of hours in a day or the many things on my to-do list. I’ve learned how to use each day to meet exactly the goals I want to hit.
Something I touched upon in the seminar is what I’d like to share with you today. It’s a lesson about saving time without sacrificing quality. As a recovering Type-A, I used to worry about maintaining quality, too. But, with my eye on my goals, I learned to prioritize like a boss and put my focus in just the right areas. With lots of practice, I am now able to keep the scales tipped in favor of excellence.
This is such an important lesson during the parenting years and the homeschooling years when our days become so full. It’s easy to get distracted by less important matters and create an imbalance in our priorities.
Imbalance looks different in every family, and what supports your goals may be different from someone else. But, examples of focusing in the wrong places and stealing from your excellence might include:
- fussing over a blog submission instead of tutoring a child who needs help in mathematics;
- spending time on social media instead of reading to a child;
- justifying external activities rather than supporting a child’s heart;
- stressing over keeping the perfect house instead of preparing a nutritious family meal; and,
- keeping up appearances in homeschool groups instead of focusing on relationships with children and spouses.
Activities that do not contribute to excellence put our homeschools in jeopardy, and ultimately,our kids in jeopardy. It’s crucial for parents to recognize what really matters and which activities simply do not.
As an exercise, I suggest the following:
Keep a journal for one week, jotting down how you spend your time each day. Then, at the end of the week, go back and cross out every activity that did not DIRECTLY contribute to your goals or the level of homeschool excellence you are seeking in your home.
Activities like these can be very eye-opening. And humbling, believe me (I do this periodically, too). The more lines you’ve drawn, the more you’ve been distracted from your goals. The more distractions from your goals, the more you’ve sacrificed your family, your homeschool, your kids, and their futures.
Pretty elegant solution, wouldn’t you say?
As a coach, writer, recovered over-doer and busyness addict, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle while the mind tries to sabotage your success. In my journey to vibrant health, I created a personalized health system of nutrition and supplementation, lifestyle changes, and I retrained my mind and the energy of my body. I view my success as the formula to my happy, healthy life. I now empower other women to create their own personalized formulas, including the tools and strategies just right for them! Amazing life shifts come from our relationships. I look forward to helping you, too!