When you’re so busy taking care of your house and doing daily maintenance, and taking kids to events, and cooking yummy meals, and being a member of your church, and being a good neighbor, and having a hobby, and…and…and. You find yourself wondering when and how to schedule in special projects. You may even tell yourself there is no time for special projects.
You’re doomed to always be wishing for that time. You look at other people with wonder and awe as they paint their living room or declutter their entire home. “It must be nice to have the extra time to do that! Instead, I’m sitting over here on the soccer sidelines waiting to run home and make a pressure cooker dinner before we all fall asleep in our plates.”
What if I told you there was an easy solution?
Once you get your home under control with chores that you do daily, it seems like things are flowing very well. That is until you browse Pinterest and find a special project that you’d like to implement (#nailedit) OR you read a book and decide you must #declutterallthethings. Then, you just feel stuck – you have a good routine, but there isn’t really time in that routine for you to add anything else.
You w paint the bedrooms. Or you’d LOVE to get rid of all the junk in the garage. But, you know…it’s Town Day, so you just don’t have time to battle garage cobwebs.
Woe is me! I am undone! Must be nice to have that extra time. Right?
All of us have the same amount of time each day – we decide how to use it. That’s it.
The whole idea is that these are SPECIAL PROJECTS. It isn’t something that’s going to last for weeks and months on end. If you dedicate concentrated time to it, you can get it done and then return to regularly scheduled programing.
Your house and life won’t fall apart during two weeks of special projects as long as you DO keep up your daily chores while you dedicate time to the project that’s burning a hole in your pocket.
So, let’s have an example: Sally wants to clean out the garage. She estimates it will take one dedicated week to do it. On Monday, she begins her laundry and then sets her kids up to play for an extended amount of time with special projects of their own (that helps them feel involved). Then she dedicates all her extra energy to the garage. Easy dinners are planned – the crock pot is her friend – and after 7 days, she is finished.
What’s the easy solution to getting special projects done? You pause life – you get said projects done – and then you return to your routine.
Because that’s the point of a routine – it’s something you can rely on and return to after taking time away. It grounds you and gives you stability. But you do NOT serve it. It serves you, even during your special projects.
So, Sally – go on with your bad self and get those special projects done. #pinwin