The weekend is over and the beginning a of a new week has called us into a hope of innovation and productivity. For some of us the weekend wasn’t at all long enough. For others its the introduction to new beginnings and new opportunities to do better from last weeks experience. Every day life hits the reset button and says, try again, seize time for all its worth and make the most of it because you’ll never see this day again and tomorrow it starts all over.
Here are some quick quality tips to begin your week in balance:
If we’re going to be most effective in maximizing the importance of our days it’s key that we learn to prioritize the week. The focus is not about just making a long to do list of tasks but prioritizing what’s most important. What must be fit in this week and what can wait until next week if it came down to it. Then just do it. This prevents us from letting random tasks in the name of “productivity” take the place of important duties and principle values. Family time, certain priority tasks and assignments, our health are all important things. Practice saying “No” to overcrowding commitments that are doing more harm than good. Schedule by your priorities versus randomly listed tasks and commit to them to prevent potential crisis.
Decide to limit screen time for the rest of the week.
I think about the culture of our society 10, 20 years ago before the buzz of social media and howpresent people were in the realities of their day and their families versus today’s pull into a virtual reality where the world’s constant demands literally rest in the palm of our hand. Have we lost the simple beauty of embracing the day and its nature for all its worth? I encourage setting aside designated screen time where we can just be still and settled in the opening and closing of our day. For me everyday that usually means not checking my phone or computer until 12pm and putting it away for the night around 7 pm. No ones dying. There was a time smartphones didn’t exist and the world kept spinning. Some days I’m better at this than others and the times vary but its generally around this time frame. I also don’t have social media apps like Facebook or Twitter directly on my phone to resist being prompted by the urgency of notifications. There’s a peace of mind that comes with intentionally detaching from the buzz of the world daily.
Have a personal ritual of quiet time in the mornings.
Starting the day in peace is always a game changer. Some of you use to have a certain time in the morning you dedicated to God or reading and somewhere down the line you fell off. Well I want to encourage you to get back on track. Quiet time in the morning is the difference between entering your day in a chaotic rush or a refreshing peace. As a mom, I especially encourage this for those who have to deal with the hustle and bustle of school aged children in the morning. Even if it means setting your alarm to wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual so you can be still, sit, have a cup of coffee, read, pray, play some calming music, etc. it will make all the difference because the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Take 10-15 minutes a day to organize something.
So maybe you’re working all day every day; or maybe you’re a student who’s caught between a crazy schedule of school and work, possibly with a side of ministry; and you have to admit you just don’t have the time to thoroughly clean up but it’s driving you crazy. Messiness clutters our minds and distracts our focus which many times limits our creativity and productivity. While you may not be able to do everything, I say spend 10-15 minutes each day just organizingsomething each day; your desk, closet, pile of mail, room, etc. You’ll feel like you can breathe again as order visually begins to restore itself which also brings balance and peace of mind!
Some other quick tips:
- Call a family member- Staying connected to our roots (a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle) presses us to be considerate outside of our own worlds to reach out to possibly distant loved ones and that grounds us.
- Prepare, Prepare, Prepare- Whether that’s getting the kids clothes laid out the night before or having meals planned in advance it all just makes life easier and more peaceable in the moment to have everything laid out for us which frees us to maximize that time in other ways.
- Drink 16 oz of water every morning when you wake up- Think about it, you’ve been asleep and without water for about 8 hours straight. Water hydrates you after you wake up and gives you more energy which helps you focus.
- Eat – Our energy level through the week has to do a lot with our regular diet. Are we eating solid meals? We need nutrients to function properly. Food goes in, breaks down into similar compounds and gets recycled into concentrated forms of energy.
- Go to sleep on time. Wake up early- I know, I know, I know right? Yet this gets so neglected. However, internet is the new insomnia. I believe if we’re limiting our screen time it will help take away from a lot of the problem. If we detach to get to sleep at a good time, we can wake up early enough to have that quiet time and start the next day in balance.
- Do something you love- I always say this but I think its so important. Invest in something you personally have a passion for even if it goes unrecognized and unrewarded. You’ll find it personally rewarding by awakening and bringing inspiration to your soul again. For some of us thats singing, drawing, writing, dancing, whatever! Invest in and enjoy the gifts God gave you. I believe God delights in us when we delight in the gifts He’s given us.
Hey, don’t get paralyzed by perfection this week. Just try your best to remain grounded and committed despite the bustling of our modern world. A solid foundation lasts much longer. But also be ready to be flexible because plans may change but you will be centered to embrace the week for all it has to offer.
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