Friday, April 8, 2011

30 days of work in the home Day V

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook. William James.

Allow an extra cushion in your schedule.

Finding that balance between adhering to a schedule and being flexible can be challenging for all people who live and work. It is especially so for someone who's work is home and family.

When I was a young wife and mother making schedules and carrying date books with every time slot filled was very popular among my friends and I. One mistake that we made was not to leave any "cushion time" in our daily schedules. That's not very practical for keepers at home, as our primary focus is the people in our home. As we all know, loving our husbands and children, as well as our neighbors, means capturing some special spontaneous moments. It also means taking care of unforeseen needs.

For example, when your baby takes his first few steps, that's a moment to stop everything and celebrate! Likewise, you might decide on a pretty day that it's time for a family picnic. Or, your child might need help with school work. Perhaps, a project you're doing will take longer than you expected. Maybe, a neighbor will go into labor, and you will go over to her house to watch her children.

Because we need to adjust our schedules to whatever a day will bring, it's good to put some cushion time in your daily schedule. One way to do this is to allot an half-hour to two hours of unplanned time each day. Another way is to have one morning toward the end of the week that is completely unplanned. If you choose the second route, you can push any tasks that don't get done into that time slot.

If you choose to allot a significant amount of each day to unplanned time, make sure that you keep a master list of things you would like to do or need to do. If you find that you don't need the unplanned time for any other purpose, you can choose something off your master list to do. This will keep you from feeling unfocused. Once in a while, you can simply relax and enjoy the time as a period of rest and renewal. All work and no play makes Jill a dull woman.

What God says about work:

Proverbs, being God's book of practical wisdom, has a lot to say about work, productivity, laziness, and the results of our attitude toward work. The following are just five of the many verses in Proverbs that discuss work and productivity. Notice that the person who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. Negligence is destructive. If we are negligent and slack, we will lose ground. Our assets will be destroyed through neglect and, thus, they will slip away from us.

We will reap positive rewards from our work if we work diligently and in season.

1) He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. Proverbs 12:11.

One who is slack in his work is a close relative of one who destroys. Proverbs 18:9.

3) Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. Proverbs 20:4

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor Proverbs 12:24

5) The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. Proverbs 21:25

Happy Home Keeping!

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