November 1, 2012 by Marci
Have you ever heard of the “one item in, one item out” method of keeping your closet decluttered? It works great and helps purge those unwanted, unworn, why-did-I-even-buy-this-anyway articles of clothing. What about taking that approach with your time?
During last school year, I bit off more than I could chew. I was teaching biology, coaching softball, volunteering at my son’s school and at church. My kids were in figure skating and hockey. I homeschooled my daughter. And, I tried to keep up with housework, feed my family and make time for my husband. Although everything managed to get done, I know I didn’t do any of it as well as I should have. I just spread myself too thin.
Summer was a welcome break for all of us.
This school year started as a clean slate. I plugged the “have-to’s” into my schedule first and was very picky about the extras. The school year started out great and we found a level of activity that we all were comfortable with. But, as life goes, more and more opportunities for being busy presented themselves. Some activities and opportunities were really good and fun. Couldn’t I just fit one more thing into the week?
I decided to adopt the “one item in, one item out” method to my schedule. Now, if something comes up that we want to add, something has to go. Simple as that. It keeps us to the level of activity and busy that we are comfortable with….and keeps me sane.
What about you? What keeps your schedule from taking over your life?