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Wonderful Mama Wisdom

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Ladies, I read this gem of wisdom from a mama who is past the baby stage and now has teenagers.  It was such a precious reminder to let my littles work alongside me, keeping a long-term vision rather than getting mired down in my to-do list.  I usually read Clarice’s blog for creative and crafty inspiration, but this time she has great insight for us mamas!  Precious words, don’t miss them!

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Mommy Time Management!

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I think as stay-at-home moms, it’s very easy to let things suck up our valuable time.  For me (and maybe for some of you, too) the computer has historically been a big distraction.  I knew I was spending a little too much time online, and I toyed briefly with disconnecting our home internet service altogether, but since I shop and research online, and because I use internet resources for our homeschool, that didn’t seem like the best solution.  What I needed was more self-discipline!

Here’s how I’ve (mostly) conquered my temptation to spend too much time online and not enough time in real life.

First, I owned up to the fact that I was spending too much time on the computer when I should be spending it with my children, or doing other things God has called me to do.  Confession and repentance are key in changing behavior.

Next, I utilized a few internet tools to simplify the time I spent online.  Facebook has been a huge help in keeping up with friends and family.  Sure it’s fun, but it’s also been very practical for me.  Most of the people I contact regularly are on Facebook, so it’s a one-stop shop for communication.  I also subscribed to blogs I read using Bloglines.  Instead of clicking through long link lists for updates, I just have to go to one place to see who has updated.  Subscribing to each blog or feed made me carefully consider whether or not I really needed to stay up to date with this particular information source.  I eliminated a lot of blogs I used to check regularly, saving the ones that are most helpful to me as a wife and mom (and a couple that I read just because I enjoy them or find them inspirational).  Now when I get online, I typically only go 3 places: email, Facebook (trying to avoid the temptation to play games or get sucked into the more time-intensive aspects of it…I use it mostly as a glorified email service), and Bloglines.

The final and most helpful thing I’ve done is to leave the computer off until after lunch. I don’t even check email in the morning any more. Although I wasn’t spending hours at a time online, it was easy to “just check one thing” for a couple minutes, and before I knew it my whole day was derailed.  Those few minutes add up.  This is probably a no-brainer to most of you, but it has revolutionized my days.  When my mornings go badly, the whole day is shot.  I stay on track much better when the computer is not calling my name.  If I think of someone I need to write or something I need to look up, I keep a running list and handle it all in one session after lunch, while the kids do something quiet.  (This way I also know they are not running wild while I am distracted…I am sure my kids are the only ones who take advantage of mom’s distraction!)

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy my online time and I don’t believe it’s wrong at all, if properly managed, just as I don’t think watching TV or engaging in other recreation is wrong.  Balance and discipline are the keys.  I just want to make the most of my time.  In 50 years I cannot imagine saying, “I sure wish I had spent more time on the computer and less time with my family.”

So what about you?  How do you manage distractions and time-wasters in your day?