How are you doing? Schools have been back in session for a week or so. Are you starting to find a routine in your day and in your life? Routine has always been the nice thing about the back-to-school season, and this year it feels even more important. With our new set of challenges, our daily routine is going to require a little bit more...discipline.
I have had conversations with a number of women over the past few weeks who are struggling with motivation and direction. I have definitely felt the same way at times over the past few months. One thing I have learned for myself, is sometimes I have to stop feeling sorry for myself and get going. Here are some techniques that have helped me.
When I wake up in the morning, I have to push the lazy, negative thoughts out of my mind and remind myself that I am strong, I feel just fine, and I am ready for a great day. Because I am tired, I have to remind myself of this over and over again, usually for the first hour of my day, but then I am off and running. Discipline your mind. Recognize the negative thoughts that are not going to improve your day, and replace them with good thoughts that encourage and motivate you.
I am almost exclusively at home right now. Because of this, I have found a schedule that works and I stick with it every single day, no questions asked. There are days I don’t feel like doing something, but I stick with it. My day includes meal times, walking with John, time with God, house work as well as writing, afternoon exercise to wake myself up and relieve some stress, meal/food preparation, time with John, talking to my family and free time in the evenings. I wash my dishes after each meal, even when I don’t feel like it. I walk every morning, with John, rain or shine. I sit down and write even when I don’t feel like I have anything to say. Having a schedule and sticking with it, no matter how you feel, will allow you to go to bed each night feeling good about your day. That sounds nice, doesn’t it?
I fill my day with the right things, the things that are most important to me. The list above are all of my most important things. My health, my relationship with John and God, my work at home, encouraging others, and staying in touch with those I care about. Filling your day with the right things...feels right.
It is time to get disciplined. Stop moping around and get focused. You can do it, I know you can. Try out a few of these techniques this week, one baby step at a time, and feel good about each day. You are already doing amazing things, let’s focus on the good and say goodbye to all of the negativity.
My Daily Walk With Jesus: I have no doubt that God has helped me form my daily schedule. As I have spent time with Him each day, He directs my path. I have added one thing on at a time and my day is now suited specifically for me. Your perfect schedule will look very different from mine, but if you ask God to show you what is best, I am confident He will guide your path, too.Photo by Tirachard Kumtanom from Pexels