Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done? We often feel overwhelmed by the demands of life. But if you do not take control of your schedule, then your schedule will control you. This kind of living inevitably leads to more stress, a neglected family life, poor health, and ineffective work. An out of control schedule could mean that you are a victim of disorganization. Or it could mean that your out of control schedule is rooted in the sin of pride. You like to feel needed and important. But like the apostles discovered in the book of Acts, an out of control schedule leads to a frantic life and feeble effectiveness. I am simply not that important! God has chosen to use me but I am not indispensable to his plan.
Here are a few principles that will help you get control of your schedule and be more effective as a family this school year.
In the book of Acts, the apostles prioritized prayer, studying the Word of God, and preaching. They realized that they could not bear the demands of the ministry alone. They had to prioritize the important so they did not become overwhelmed. You must set priorities or you will not get the most important things done. Many families are exhausted and overwhelmed because they do not prioritize. That means the most important things suffer. If you fail to prioritize, then you will become a slave to the demands of your schedule. Your spiritual life will suffer, your family life will suffer, and you will burn out.
You simply can’t do everything. It is insane to think that you can keep on adding to your schedule without ever eliminating anything. If you are going to exercise, you have to prioritize it in your schedule by adding a time and a plan. You also have to eliminate something so that exercise time can take its place. Don’t be deceived into thinking that you can keep on adding without ever simplifying as well. That is not a sustainable plan. You have to simplify the children’s schedule, but they will be better for it. You must learn the power of no so you can experience the joy of yes.
Embrace a less is more philosophy
By doing less you can accomplish more. That is sometimes hard to practice in our busy culture. We are often tempted to say, “I don’t have time for that.” However, the truth is that we have time for what we prioritize. We have the same number of hours in a day as everyone else. The real problem comes when we deceive ourselves into thinking that we can continue to add things to our schedule without removing something as well. Everything that we add to our schedule comes with a price. It will rob something else. Often, we live under the illusion that the important things in our life will not suffer when we continuously load up the schedule. But that is simply a fiction and a fantasy.
Focus on your priorities so you can do what you have been called to do. Do not rob your children or yourself of vitality because you have failed to prioritize the most important things. Do not sacrifice the important on the altar of the urgent. By doing fewer things you will accomplish far more and your family will be happier because of it. And God will be glorified.
You can start getting control of your schedule today! Learn the power of no and the power of less. By doing so your family will last and you will reap the benefits for years to come.