Jan
27
2012

Get Organized: Time Tip #3

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

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Get Organized and Live Life On Purpose.  
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This month I’m sharing the best tips and strategies that have helped me to get organized and stay that way. This week I’m sharing my top time management tips.  (To see more time tips, click here.)

Time Management Tip #3: Realize That Life is Seasonal

If you’ve been reading my time management tips and feeling like you just can’t keep up, I have some good news for you: There is a bigger picture.

Just as the weather changes with the seasons, so life has seasons and in each season there are things we have to let go. When we have a new baby, we get very little sleep and most of our time and energy are devoted to the care of little one. This is probably not the time to start a new project or redecorate the house. It’s a survival season.

If you are the mom of many young children, you are also in a survival season. If you can keep everyone safe, fed and happy and manage to get a shower and dinner on the table you had an amazing day. You have to give yourself lots of grace because the house will be messy and you will probably be scattered.

As the children get older, you will have more freedom and be able to manage more things in your schedule. I am in an easier season in some ways because my children are ages 11 and up. Many of the things that young mothers have to do for their children, my children are doing for themselves.

Life is seasonal even throughout the year. November and December, for example, are very busy months and you may choose to let some things go while you focus on others. As you can read here, one of the things that I let go during December was cleaning and organizing my bedroom. January is a different season and it was time to take care of that neglected area.

 

The important thing is to know your priorities for this season of life and do whatever you can to meet those goals. If you are spending time taking care of your children and the house doesn’t get dusted for a month, does it really matter? If, however, you are overwhelmed with life and aren’t accomplishing important tasks like making sure bills get paid on time, you may need to re-evaluate.

 

What things are you having to let go in this season of life? Share in the comments. :)

 

  • http://mfamily08.blogspot.com Marie

    Thank you! I have to remind myself often that I am in a different season than many of the women whose blogs I read and whose homes I enter. With an 8 month old and 2.5 year old, I spend most of my day feeding the hungry and clothing the naked! I just need to make my goals into babysteps so I don’t feel so overwhelmed and like I’ve failed when things aren’t “perfect.” Thanks for your posts – just started reading you recently and I really like what you have to say. :)

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      Thanks Marie! Definitely take babysteps. You can do it! :)

  • Alanna

    Thank you! I needed to hear this. I try to remind myself but it’s not always easy, I’m my own worse critic. I have a 3 year old and a 17 month old who I’m still nursing plus I work outside the home and have just started graduate classes. I feel accomplished to get dinner on the table and clean (not always folded) laundry but it’s discouraging when well meaning family members come over and say oh the sink is full of dishes again. I also have so many goals for myself, but one step at a time. I too look forward to reading your blog everyday.

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      Wow Alanna! You have a lot going on. Maybe those family members should start doing the dishes for you–lol! :) Hang in there. :)

  • Rae

    This has been bugging me the past few days. It is good to get a reminder from a “neutral” source. Thank you.

    I am under so much pressure to have my house “just so” from my Mother-In-Law. She can be so critical. She thinks that she is encouraging, but she is sooooo wrong. I think that I need to toughen up and have a talk with her. I am busy homeschooling my children and taking care of my home (Mind you, my home is not a dump, just lived in. She thinks that a house has to be a palace).

    I just want to enjoy this “season” of my life. Before I know it my kids will be all grown up.

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      It really does go quickly Rae. Sorry about your mother-in-law. It can be difficult to deal with family members, but we all have to. :) I pray that she will be receptive.

  • Mandi T.

    Kimberlee, your biggest fan has not left you. I’m still following you just been well lol BUSY hahahahaha. Just had to tell I loved this post darlin. Very well written and very encouraging. I just wanna know if you make house calls, Dr. Organization? I think you might be my only friend (virtual or not) that has lived in a smaller space than I have. And, yes “mom” I know just throw it all away and start over LOL My David says the same thing. We shall see……

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      So glad you are still here Mandi! I can be called Dr. Org instead of Dr. Oz–hahaha! Maybe you won’t have to throw EVERYTHING away. :)

  • Mandi T.

    You now officially have a new nickname!!! Hahahahahaha

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      :)

  • Sarah

    One of the things I’ve given up at this season of life: couponing. (I love your “Save More, Clip Less” ebook, btw.) I got into it a few months before I got pregnant with my second child (due this June!) and my 2.5-year-old son was doing pretty well and playing independently a lot.

    When morning sickness and fatigue kicked in, I was definitely in survival mode. Hubby thought I didn’t do enough when I was pregnant with my son, but he hasn’t said a word this time around (partly because this time has been a lot harder and partly because I made sure to report to him every time I puked!). Couponing fell low on the priority list, since there wasn’t much I could eat, anyway!

    Now in the 2nd trimester I definitely have more good days, but I’m not 100% over morning sickness or the host of other pregnancy/health challenges I’m dealing with. Plus, my now-3-year-old has definitely gotten both more independent (read: contrary and obstinate) and more clingy. I’ve caught up a little on the coupong front, but it just isn’t a priority compared with everything else going on. Good thing hubby doesn’t mind burritos with homemade crockpot refried beans 2-3 times a week (made good bean dip for New Years’, too!)

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      Burritos sound good to me! Hang in there Sarah. :)

  • Jade

    Just wanted to say I am so thankful for your tips and “ministry”! As I read through your posts, it’s obvious this is your God-given ministry, to help and guide women. I just want you to know that I APPRECIATE YOU!! I pray constantly that God will help me to organize my thoughts and tasks and to be the wife, mother and business woman he created me to be. Not only am I a stay at home mom, but I run a home based business as well as being the worship leader at my church. I feel like my life is one big box of disorganization. I have two small children, 6 and 3 and your simple words of stating that we need to give ourselves more grace becuase we are in “survival mode” has just resonated so deeply. Becuase most of the time, I feel like that’s all I’m doing. Simply trying to survive! lol Thanks again! Keep doing what you do!!

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      Jade, thank you so, so much for your kind words. My prayer is that God uses me for just that purpose. Many blessings!

  • Kassandra

    Thank you so much for your help and guidance. My husband and I have a 3 yr old a 2 yr old and a 6 month old and I feel like a failure most of the time because I feel like i’m suppose to have it all done. I also work part time as a hair stylist and while it’s nice having time around adults it still adds a lot of stress. My husband also recently took a new job that is a huge drop in pay compared to his last but it’s so nice having a happy husband around rather than a tired overworked guy who didn’t like his job at all. Anyway I really enjoy reading and am thankful for your blog.

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