The Importance of a Schedule I want to share a little thing I learned from a productivity expert about the importance of a schedule in our lives. In my last post, I shared about To Do Lists — and how important it is for some of us who needed to hear that. (Yes.) While I was reading that post, I told myself, “Wow, that was really a no-brainer tip, I mean — I think everyone knows it already.” But as I reflect upon my life and how challenging it is to stick to tasks lately, I looked at my post with fresh eyes and assured me: “Someone, somewhere out there needed to hear that.” (Chuckles.) The Importance of Schedule Now that we’re done with To Do Lists (which you can have in your gadgets, too), what’s next? Let’s talk about the importance of a schedule. Today, I will be scheduling. Tomorrow, you will be scheduling. Till kingdom come you will be scheduling. I guess we all have to do it efficiently then. I have friends who are really good at this but I am in the process of learning as much as I can and executing the best way possible these suggestions from a great productivity material by Douglass & Douglass: “Schedule your time every day to make sure you accomplish the most important things first. Be sure to leave room for the unexpected and for interruptions. But remember that things that are scheduled have a better chance of working out than things that are unscheduled.” https://biblehub.com/2_chronicles/26-5.htm The Importance of a Schedule: Routines and Rhythms For me, I wake up before everybody in the house (at least I try to, everyday), and then sit at the Lord’s feet. I play my song (today’s was “Shepherd of my Heart by Sandi Patty), and then I read the Scripture selection of the day (I use the SOLO by Navpress, among others) and do a little notetaking/journaling. Sometimes I get interrupted by a crying toddler, so I don’t always finish my morning devotion in one sitting. But I make sure that the first thing I do is to talk to God, dedicate my day to Him, and launch with confidence. We have been talking about To Do Lists in the previous post and if you are like me, meeting alone with God at daybreak is the number one thing I do everyday. The next is saying “Good morning!” to my husband before he starts working at 6 AM and enjoying a cup with him. And that simple routine makes a grand difference to my day. Then, I do the rest in my To Do List. I walk with my son. (I made it a point to stroll with him after breakfast (sometimes before) just so he could visit the koi fish in the manmade pond in our community. Their movements make him smile that sweet smile of his.) I supervise my daughter’s studies (we have been homeschooling even before the pandemic). And then sometimes we meet with lovely biking friends. It is indeed a wonderful opportunity to be with them and enjoy God’s blessing of a new day. I hope you can get a little bit of sunshine every day, like we do. I get to see the importance of a schedule when activities with friends add up! 🙂 Grabbed from Patsy Clairmont’s Twitter. She’s always a darling (carrying the sword of the Spirit and lots of wit). Heart to Heart: When They Talk About You (Yes, You) Once upon a time, there was a woman who heard her neighbors talking outside. She was about to wash the dishes when she heard her name. She turned off the faucet and tilted her head towards the window. “They are talking about me…” she thought. And in all her life, she’s never done the dishes more silently. She put a cup slowly on the dish rack. She scoured the spoons gently. She shushed the gushing water and stifled a sneeze. “The family that lives there? Oh, they are (number). The dad (…), and the mom is a (…) But their children don’t go out. They just stay in their house. (She compares the children she babysits here.) They have one boy and one girl. The boy is …. The girl is ….” And then at that point the voices at first crisp and clear became barely audible. The decibel level became very low that the dishwashing woman couldn’t gather anything from the whispers. “What are they saying about us now?” she wondered nervously. She went to her door, turned the knob quickly and surprised her neighbors. “Hello! Good morning girls,” she said. “What’s the buzz today?“ The busybodies stopped talking, blushed, and went inside their unit. My daughter’s artwork when she was 7. Okay, that didn’t happen. What really happened was this, when the voices became soft she knew God shielded her ears from what she did not need to hear. And though in the past she would be the kind of person who will go out there to tell them to mind their own business, she knew better than to entrust what other people think of her family to the Lord. But that’s not all. She also knew she needed to hear what other people are saying (especially the people who love her family) because maybe, just maybe, she needs to. And she decided she needed to hear that. She had peace, so much peace about it, that she wrote about it and shared it with friends whom she loves and might need it. And she lived happily ever after, safe and secure that God knows and loves her family more. THE END. I’ll end the story right there because there is nothing more to add. Yes, I confess. I was that dishwashing woman, and the helpers of a neighboring unit were talking about (spying?) on us and I was eavesdropping. Oh dear. I wasn’t able to hear more than what I already heard. I think they heard the spoons as I adjusted them in the dish rack and went scat. I had several realizations after this. And I think you will be surprised about how this would end. If you go back to the beginning of this post, I told you that I have made it a point to take my son to walk outside in the morning whenever I can. Do you know what encouraged that decision? I guess you do. (Wink!) Indeed, all things work together for good, and I will surely be walking and getting that sunshine not because of “them”, but because I need to. More stories in my next post! Love, Ruthie P.S. You might want to start your decluttering adventure today. Read this post.