Hope for the Overwhelmed Homeschool Parent
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An Organized Life: A 7 Step Formula Professional Organizers Use
How important is it to organize life?
Everything in our life comes from how we organize it, right?
When everything is organized we can do more, achieve more, become more, and enjoy everything more too, can’t we?
Are you Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Dissatisfied? Life throws a lot at you. How are you managing it all until now?
Those who organize life will excel far beyond those that don’t because Life Organization is the biggest frontier of development opening up this decade.
Are you ready for that?! But what is it exactly that you are searching the net for regarding how to organize life? What does it really mean to organize life?
Do you want a solid grand system to totally organize life? Do you want some temporary techniques to apply now? Would you like permanent principles for how to organize your entire life?
To organize life you will capture every worth while thought to efficiently choose your actions for all that is important to you, without wasting time or losing time, and allowing you to succeed at whatever you desire.
At times we get off track, whether practically, or with our efficiency, or emotionally.
At those times, I do a 10 Minute Get-on-track review. Essentially it is about writing down things weighing on my mind.
I use the following categories of self-questions to help me do my organize life 10 minute focus sessions.
Organize Life for Self – Touching on my emotions and physical experience. Accept and appreciate how I feel right now. This is the core of how to organize life. It starts from within.
Organize Life for Yesterday – I then take a moment to reflect on yesterday, as that is where I have come from.
Organize Life for Today – Think of the fixed appointments, the general layout of your day to come, and where the areas of your day are where you get to decide exactly what you do with the time.
Organize Life for Civilization – What do you want to do in society? What is your place and purpose in terms of contribution and business?
Organize Life for Ideally Organized Living – Picture the biggest possible ideally organized living circumstances that fill your fantasy. This connects you with the spark of life.
Organize Life for Projects – Now you are ready to consider the actual projects and responsibilities that you have in your life. Tasks, hobbies, interests, pursuits, business ideas, etc.
Organize Life for Right Now – Through the above self-question process you are probably now ready to decide on the next step activities to organize your life even more.
This 10 minute review might take longer when you first do it. Take your time with it, and remember this article. As a Professional Organizer I can guarantee by doing this simple 10 minute process regularly your life will become more and more organized.
5 Quick Stress Busters
How do you react when your plans fall through? Do you roll with the punches? Or does anxiety keep you from enjoying life? To a great extent, our personality determines how we deal with stress in our lives, but here are 5 things to help keep your stress under control:
Sleep more. It’s very common in our society to exist on less than 6 hours of sleep a night. But experts keep telling us we need at least 8 hours. Not just to rest our bodies, but to rejuvenate our minds. “Tired” and “cranky” seem to go hand in hand. Don’t use your bedroom to watch the news or finish up some work from the office. Make that room your haven, a place to relax and escape the day. Have a hot cup of tea, take a warm bath, or read a paperback to help you unwind.
Have faith. Saying a short prayer in times of stress can give you a sense of calm, especially when the situation is one you really have no control over. Studies have shown that people who trust in a higher power have lower blood pressure. Being able to forgive people also can affect your blood pressure. Holding a grudge is not good for your health!
Turn it off. The convenience that cell phones have added to our lives can actually be a double-edged sword. We depend on them so much it seems we can’t live without them. This increased accessibility means not only can our loved ones reach us at any time, but so can work. If your employer legitimately needs to have your cell phone number, make sure you set clear limits on when you can and cannot be reached. Your time off is yours. Also, reduce the time you take scrolling social media at night.
Take a vacation. It doesn’t have to be a fancy vacation resort. A day at the beach, or an afternoon at the park will do. Just anywhere you can be and not think about the bills, work, or whatever tensions you may have. It’s important to take time for yourself, so do it! You’ll feel better with a fresh outlook.
Treat yourself. Sign up for a fitnes class at your local gym or community center. The costs are nominal, and you’ll feel more relaxed after even just one session. A monthly massage or a spa treatment is also a great way to recharge. You’ll walk out feeling like a million-dollar bowl of jelly.
Stress is unavoidable. But what we do about it is up to us. Experiment with these suggestions and see what works for you!
Overwhelmed: Biblical & practical ways to manage a crazy-busy homeschool life
NOTE: All Overwhelmed books will be signed by the author at no charge. Please add the name you want autographed into the personalization section.
Balancing homeschooling, parenting, discipleship, home management, and life can be extraordinarily tricky. In this mercifully brief book for overwhelmed homeschool parents, homeschooling blogger, author, and podcaster Terrie McKee gives biblical and practical strategies on how to manage a crazy-busy homeschool life. Using Scripture and practical suggestions, she encourages parents who are caregivers and homeschooling, and parents who are homeschooling children with special needs.Terrie showcases how biblical figures handled stress, and applies those lessons to real-world issues homeschoolers face.
Monthly Prayer Journal
This Monthly Prayer Journal to write down prayer requests and keep track of them, so when God answers them, you can go back and document that, too. All praises to Jesus! Each page has room for you to write and has a different Scripture verse about prayer on each page.