I read a Writers' Digest article by Jaimie Engle a few days ago, right before I decided to do this series, titled: Balancing Act: How to Life Life as a Wife, Mother, & Writer. So many of the tips she mentioned resonated with me. It was exactly what I needed to read, at exactly the right time. So a few of my posts will be about my attempts to make use of Jaimie's advice.
First I wanted to talk about prioritizing. Specifically, separating my duties into two or three lists. I am awfully good at neglecting the necessities of life for either things that are urgent or things that are more fun.
My Need-To-Do List (The Non-Negotiable)
- Feeding my family
- Grocery shopping
- Homework with my daughter
- Preschool work with my son (that boy thinks every letter of the alphabet is "A")
- Basic housekeeping
- Editing (my current contract, and my volunteer work)
My Want-To-Do List (The Important, but these can be put off when necessary)
- Fun dates with either my husband or my kids or both
- Visiting with friends
- Exercise (although I think my husband would argue this should be in the first list)
- DIY house projects (Top of the list: Painting our bedroom and closet)
The Unimportant (The tools of procrastination)
- Creative projects (knitting, sewing, etc)
- Long soaks in the tub
- Watching movies, etc
- Browsing the Internet aimlessly
Ok, so now that I've made these lists, what do I do with them? I'll have to think about it and let you know tomorrow. In the meantime, I'd love to know: How do you motivate yourself? It's something I've honestly never figured out. Help!
Intro: 31 Days to a Balanced Life