Sunday, July 19, 2015

Make Deadlines Work For You & MYHSM Linky Party

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!

Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.

Note: We had 135 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

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This week I had a project with a deadline.  Does anybody love a deadline?

In the beginning it doesn't seem so bad because you know what the expectation is.  You have lots of time, right?

I do not like to wait until the last minute and so I pretty much always start right in so that I can get it done.  It stresses me out big time to wait until the last minute.

I have a son who used to say that he worked better under pressure.  That may be so, but I reminded him that it's not fair to stress everyone ELSE out who doesn't work better that way. All the stress he was feeling by waiting until the last minute was also passed onto the rest of us who had to live with him!

So for some, deadlines can be stressful.  But what if we turn them into a POSITIVE thing!

What if you used a deadline to help you in your work around the home?

What if you gave yourself a deadline of when you were going to finish exercising?  Finish the laundry?  Read to your children? Clean up the kitchen or take a shower?  Go to bed?  

By having a deadline you can then work backward towards a start time.

For example, if you know that you want to be DONE exercising by 11:00 a.m., and you only want to exercise for 30 minutes, you know that you need to START exercising by  10:30 a.m.

If you want to be in bed by 11 pm and it takes you an hour to go through your bedtime routine, then you need to start getting ready for bed by 10:00.

I will often get to bed later than I want to because of this.  I will tell myself that I am going to be in bed by 11 p.m.

Then at 10:45 or 10:50 I will start getting ready for bed.

I will wash my face and brush my teeth and take my evening meds and then I suddenly remember that I have a load of laundry in the washer, and so I will transfer it over and start the dryer.

I will walk out into the kitchen and remember that I did not clean up the kitchen after dinner (like I usually do), and I know that I don't want to wake up to a messy kitchen, so now I'm cleaning the kitchen.

I will remember a few things I need to do in the morning so I make a to-list.  I will realize I forgot to iron something for church in the morning (on the RARE occasions that I iron, lol!) and NOW I have to get out the iron and ironing board and iron it, because I know that I won't have time in the morning.

I will let the dogs out and then have trouble getting the beagle to come back in.  Or I will remember that I didn't do my quiet time earlier that day.

I keep adding more things and pretty soon it's a half hour or hour later and I am STILL not in bed.

And you totally know what can happen if I dare to sit down on the computer for a "minute," don't you?

For me, an hour bedtime routine is very realistic because it seems like I am always finding little things that I need to wrap up before I go to bed.  I can't just wait until the last minute and say "Well, now it's time to go to bed!"  I want to have a smooth morning and it starts the night before!

When my kids were little they picked up their toys three times a day: before lunch, before dinner, and before bed.

Those three daily deadlines helped keep our home from being overrun with toys.  It also made picking up their toys easier for them because there weren't so many toys in circulation.

I had a deadline of 7:00 p.m. for a whole house pickup, in which everyone spent 15 minutes running around picking up their things and straightening up the house.  Because of this deadline, my house got picked up every night before bed.  Also, due to other "rules" and habits I had previously established, the pickup only took fifteen minutes.

Take a look at the benchmarks of your day: dishes, meals, cleaning, exercising, quiet times, play times, etc.  In other words, things that need to happen but maybe AREN'T happening as often or as timely as you would like.

Set some deadline times for each activity, and then work yourself backward to a STARTING time. You don't have to be horribly strict about it.  Maybe you don't want to finish exercising until around 3:00 or 4:00 p.m., but at least you'll know that 3:00 is your absolute latest deadline for starting to exercise.

Having deadlines do not have to be a source of stress!  They can be a source of comfort because you know that you are staying on top of your priorities and accomplishing what needs to be done in order to run your home more smoothly, and you aren't letting things slip through the cracks.

You can make a bedtime story with your children a priority by setting a deadline.  This way you aren't apt to let it be put off yet another day by replacing it with something of less importance (such as facebook or blogland!)  ;)

Make deadlines work for you and make your home sing this week!

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  1. Thanks for hosting, have a great week. Blessings

  2. Thanks so much for hosting each week!

    1. You're welcome! So glad you linked up again today!

  3. Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

    1. You're welcome, Joanna, and you have an awesome week too!

  4. Praying for your mom. Thanks for the linkup, Nan.

    1. Thank you, Judith! I really appreciate that and she really needs it! :)

  5. Nan...good encouragement. Sticking to the plan does give you peace of mind. Thank you for hosting friend. :-)

    1. I think it does too, because it makes me feel more in control and more on track when I stick to it.

  6. Thank you so much for hosting and Have a great Monday!

    1. You're welcome! You have a great week this week!

  7. I need to start to give me some deadlines because I am starting to get myself overwhelmed with some of the things I have to do. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting :)

    1. Having some deadlines will definitely make you feel like you are more in control and on top of things! :)

  8. I love your no-nonsense, practical tips on staying on task and getting things done, Nan. I need this little pep talk every now and then because I have areas of my life that I let go a little too much. Thanks for the encouragement and linkup, my friend!

    1. I need to give myself little pep talks every now and then too, because I also let things go from time to time. But I go crazy if I let things slide too much, lol!


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