Last week over on Jill K's blog she talked about Balance. Balance is something I'm often searching to find.
After a late-night talk with my husband about about a billion subjects (We've been known to stay up all night talking about stuff, sharing old memories, and just enjoying each other's company.) he reminded me of a personality trait I have that can be a great strength, but also a weakness.
I'm a driven person. When I get my teeth into a project, I don't want to give up until it is done. Whether it's cleaning the basement, completing my Bachelor's Degree after my daughter was born, or writing fiction for the CBA, I set a goal and then do everything in my power to accomplish it.
This can be a good thing. I do get lots done. It can also be a major obstacle to finding balance in my life.
So, how to balance things and still accomplish my goals?
First, I need to recognize that I can't do it all, so some things will have to be set aside. I can't write novels and spend hours cross-stitching. I can't write novels and read five novels a week. I can't write novels and say yes to every opportunity to serve at church that comes along. Now, there's nothing wrong with any of these things, and there's a lot right about it. But I can't do it all.
Second, I need to recognize areas where I can streamline my processes.
- Make out a menu for the week and a shopping list, so I'm not wondering at 4 pm every day what we're going to have for supper and if I have the ingredients for it.
- Schedule blogs. Write them out in advance as much as possible on the weekend so I'm not scrambling the night before to think of a topic and write a post.
- Be selective on the books I can read and review on the blog. I belong to several publishers' email lists, and they send many tempting offers of free books, but I have to be very selective, knowing what I hage time for and what I have to say no to.
- Do bookkeeping, schooling, and read emails and blogs in the forenoon. Save afternoons for writing.
- Bunch my errands so I'm not making multiple trips to town. On Mondays when my kids have piano lessons, I drive them to their lesson, and instead of sitting in the car reading a novel, I go to the bank, the grocery store, the post office, and the gas station.
So, how do you go about finding balance in your life? How do you balance family, work, writing, church, etc.?