In the past couple of days I have been taking a closer look at my goals and thinking about why I don't get more done each week. A couple of incidents have given me a clue.
First of all, I have a scrapbook type journal which I've been trying to get back to writing in regularly.
|One of my scrapbook journals (I'm on my second book by now.)|
Many months tend to go by between my times of journaling there. (I have another journal which I use during my quiet time.) This scrapbook journal is where I am apt to jot down menus, lists, incidents from my day, special events, etc. And lately I just haven't had time to do it. But I've recently picked it up again, and as I did so I've noticed how much I used to get accomplished in a day. It made me wonder what changed in my life in the past couple of years, because actually I was much busier (and far more stressed) back then than I am now, and I still got quite a bit done.
Secondly, I was saying to Mr. T just yesterday how upset I was with myself for not getting certain things done (exercise was the specific issue right then, but there are others) day after day. I reminded him that when I was the busiest with eldercare responsibilities, I refused to miss a day of exercise no matter what because I knew I needed to take care of myself first in order to be a help to others. But yet now that the eldercare load has lightened, I will get in my own way of taking proper care of myself. His common-sense reply was that if I wanted to exercise daily, I needed to schedule in a time for it and follow through.
And with those two occurrences, after some hours of all this percolating around in my brain, the light bulb went on. Scheduling. That's the answer.
Back in those ultra-busy, exceedingly stressful days, I kept a weekly calendar of all that I needed to do in a given week.
|(An older weekly schedule; I have revamped it a good deal.)|
But for some reason, I got away from it. I don't know why, but I do know this: I'm getting back to it. And yes, I've exercised today, as well as accomplishing a lot of other things! I am so thankful that the Lord showed me where my problem was and has helped me begin to solve it.