Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What's your schedule like?

Angie here:
For the last month I've been all in an uproar trying to find my new "normal". With writing, travel, speaking, and many other demands on my time I haven't quite gotten the hang of my daily schedule. I've been very productive so I should be extremely proud of myself, right?

But then I turn my head at the end of the day and catch a glimpse of something undone. Something I knew needed to get done and is so important. But it didn't. Innumerable other also important things were checked off the list, but not that one.

I felt deflated. Not the deflate-the-water-toy-and-put-it-away-for-the-summer kind of deflated. Nope. The man-that-was-a-bad-blowout-in-the-middle-of-the-highway deflated.

Do you feel like that?

I'd hoped to give you suggestions, but then I thought why not let you give them to me? I remembered one of my favorite proverbs that says where there are many counselors, plans succeed.

So today I would like to ask your thoughts, opinions, and wise experience on how you succeed in achieving a long list of very important projects. I hope it brings balance to more than just me, but I know the responses will be blessings.

And thank you in advance :-)

Angela Breidenbach


  1. Angie,
    I started making lists of what needs to be accomplished... but I give myself a goal - Accomplish said task within a week. That's doable. That way, when I haven't achieved everything in a day, i don't feel so bad about life. Amazing how one task, left unachieved can take that out of you!

    I don't like the feeling of being deflated, but find myself feeling that way often. I've started taking breaks through the day - just short 5-15 minute ones - to either take a rest and close my eyes, or stop and take a walk outside. It's also a time to regroup.

    I refuse to put too much on my plate or feel bad because everything didn't get done. Oh, and family steps in to help when they see that my job and dreams often collide and I need some help to see things through.

    Just my 2 cents ;)

  2. Ang,
    I think we all find ourselves where you are more often than we like. I know you are a list kind of girl. I really try not to look too far ahead. I know that could have its own consequences, but I really have to focus on today--and what needs to be done.
    We had a lot of time to rest and chat when we were in Ohio. Sitting on the porch with my aunt and uncle in the a.m. drinking coffee made me want to slow down so I can do those things--you know instead of rush, rush everywhere to do everything.
    I've really tried to pare down my schedule. It's okay to say no.
    I think if we try to take time for ourselves and like Christy said "regroup" during the day or evening that is a big help.

  3. Hmmm, you want advice? I'm not sure I've mastered this myself...

    I always try to keep in mind the words of a speaker I remember from years ago (can't remember the speaker's name, just the words). The thought was this: relate everything you do to a ball that you juggle. Some are glass, some are lead, and some are rubber. Based on that understand that some balls can be dropped without damage (rubber)- they'll even rebound for you to pick up later. Other balls will fall and not return (lead)- then you must decide if that ball was necessary. Other balls are delicate and cannot be ignored (the glass)- they must be taken care of immediately.

    Take care of the glass, don't worry about the lead, and catch the rubber on a rebound. Sounds silly I know, but that analogy has helped me more than once on deciding if a task must be immediate, can wait, or needs to be done at all.

    And, my last bit of advice. Give yourself a break and don't be so hard on yourself. All of life's changes take periods of adjustment. :)

  4. Angie,
    I think we've all been where you are - and probably more than once!
    I, too, am a list maker and have a "running list" from day to day or week to week. I don't necessarily write the list in order of importance, but in my head I know what's most important, then second, third, so on. Every time I accomplish something on the list - it gets marked off!

    But I've also learned what's most important is not always on that list and I better take care of those things first: spending time with God and spending time with family. Recently, I decided if nothing got marked off that list on any given day, it would be okay as long as I had time with God and time with my family. Besides, there's that verse that says, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." To me, that means if I place Him first, I will accomplish what He wants me to accomplish every day. (Sorry for the sermon! :) )

  5. Edwina, I often have to recite that same verse. Another that comes to mind is "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
    Angie, don't be so hard on yourself. Just commit each day to the Lord and let Him guide you through.

  6. Dianna, I've never heard that before about the types of balls we juggle. Thanks for sharing it. Very cool.

    Mindy, I love that verse!

    Angie, I keep a calendar--a monthly planner. I check it each day and try to just think of dealing with that day. Of course, I have the calendar in my phone that sends me much-needed reminders. But I like having that physical date book so I can look at how everything is planned, knowing that somehow there will be time to accomplish it all.

    Oh, and I'm also learning to say no sometimes. Very difficult for me.