May 1, 2015

When There’s Too Much To Do!!

Written By Lynn Waters

Have you ever started planning the day and find you have more to do than you have time to do it?  Well, I have. When this happens I look at all the tasks I have to do and then prioritize.

1.     I prioritize the “have to do” items.

2.     Then the items that I don’t like to do. Yes, I put the things I don’t want to do at the top of the list.  Why? Young woman with shopping walking up stairsBecause, when I do them I don’t have to agonize over them anymore.

3.     The things that don’t take long to do. I do this because it encourages to me to see my list quickly dwindle down.

4.     Then I prioritize the items that will take time to do.

I used this system daily when I was working. I took one day each week to complete the small tasks because I had to research files for information. Handling the small tasks first and then taking on the more time consuming items helped me to accomplish everything in a timely manner, and avoid falling behind. This process can be applied at home or work. With my Spring Cleaning the daily and weekly items are not on the list as this list consists of less frequent tasks. After completing the everyday tasks I look at my Spring Cleaning list and do one or two items when I have time.  Eventually everything gets done.

 Every year I focus on a certain area. Last year I went through my closets and this year I went through my cookbooks and decided to get rid of quite a few. The year before that I got rid of all of things in the house that I felt we didn’t need. You know what; I have never wanted any of those things back. I spent so many years working and being gone 12 hours a day that I never really did anything but cook, wash clothes, buy food and keep the dust off the rugs so the house looked clean. I had little time for deep cleaning. I am a great planner and like to schedule items to complete each week. I have certain days I clean, days for yard work, etc. Now that I don’t work anymore I find I have things to do every day. I never sit around “twiddling my thumbs” or mindlessly watching daytime TV. Housework is not one of my favorite things to do, but I like a clean house.  I have a husband who demands my attention to do things with him and he also makes work for me to do.

 I don’t know why God puts two opposites together. I love clean and shiny, while my husband has an office with papers all over the place. I have gotten to where I don’t speak to him about his messes any more, I just pray.  Why argue about it. There are much more important things in life than a perfectly clean house. My husband and I always put God first.  Our individual prayer time comes first each day and then I like to go on Facebook. Don’t laugh. I find out what my family and friends did the day before and what is happening today. I connect to the world and go through my emails. Then I start my tasks for the day.  Right now my husband and I are listening to CDs together, at least one hour a day.  No matter what happens during the day, I rarely go to bed with a dirty kitchen. I appreciate stepping into a clean kitchen every morning. When I don’t wash the dishes and clean the counters it is because I am too tired and just want to go to bed.  When that happens the first thing I do is wash the dishes so the kitchen is clean before I do anything else for the day.

 We all have to set our priorities and plan our time. When you have children it is even more important to do this.  This will also set an example for their lives if they are responsible for chores. I had chores as a child and some of them were because I wanted to know how to do them, not because I had to do them.  Because I had chores growing up, when I moved out on my own I knew how to cook, clean, wash clothes, iron, and shop for groceries. I had no problems living on my own. I knew I had to get up at a certain time to go to work and to wash clothes and dishes after meals. I had learned how to prioritize by example and by practice at home.

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