How many times have I sat in a chair wondering how in the world I’m going to fulfill all my obligations and responsibilities. As I sit there with tears streaming down my face, I have often wondered how I even got to the place of being overcommitted and overwhelmed. I love to be active and busy but when I have scheduled and committed myself and my family to the point of exhaustion…something has to give.
Over the years, I have watched men and women swing from one side of the “activity pendulum” to another. They are either seeking for simplification so much that they so no to everything, or they say yes to everything because they are afraid to miss out on an opportunity. How do we find balance in the activities of life? How do we know what to say yes to and what to say no to?
In today’s podcast, Danielle and I are discussing being overcommitted and overwhelmed and logical steps that we can take to determine what is right for us as individuals and what is right for our families.
- Step One: Check your motivations?
- Step Two: Evaluate yourself and make a list of your interests, gifts, desires, dreams, and goals.
- Step Three: Study your children and make a list of their interests and giftings.
- Step Four: Evaluate all of your children’s current classes.
- Step Five: Evaluate all of your children’s out of the house activities
- Step Six: Evaluate your personal out of the house activities.
- Step Seven: Compare and contrast your personal lists of interests with the lists of your personal commitments.
- Step Eight: Compare and contrast each child’s activities with the list of their personal commitments.
- Step Nine: Consolidate and eliminate.
- Step Ten: Delegate.
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Lori Lane – Managing Editor of Heart of the Matter Online and Founder and Executive Director of Artios Academies.
Lori and John Lane have been married 31 years and live on a small ranch in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. They have four sons ranging in age from twenty-nine down to sixteen, two beautiful daughter-in-loves, and a three precious granddaughters. Lori is the author of Beginning With The End In Mind and The Artios Home Companion Series. She is the founder and executive director of Artios Academies. Lori oversees the ministry of The End in Mind. You can follow Lori at The End in Mind where she and a team of contributors blog about a variety of topics with a focus on beginning each area of our lives with the “end in mind.”