Taking Care of Your Calendar, So Your Calendar Takes Care of You
I have a best friend I connect with every day. I check in with her, and she gives me guidance. I need lots of guidance.
OK, it’s not really a “she” but an “it.” It’s my calendar, and I give her/it a lot of attention. How?
I give her space. She likes air. She likes not to be crowded.
I give her priority. She likes to know that what’s she’s doing is important. Time is precious and should not be wasted. She knows how quickly her pages flip and insists what’s most important must come first.
I give her flexibility. She knows that life doesn’t always go how it’s planned. She knows that when she is rigid she will break easily. I give her room to bend.
I give her form. She knows that evenings are for family dinners, except for Teen MOPS night and AWANAs night. She knows Sundays are for church and rest. She knows mornings are for homeschool and writing is for the afternoon. (My oldest homeschooler is in kindergarten, so two hours of dedicated learning plus various activities during the day is enough.)
Because I have “formed” first, the “filling” becomes easier. I can say no to evening activities or early morning requests because I’ve already set my priorities.
I’ve also given up a lot:
- I rarely watch TV. (Our TV doesn’t even have cable.)
- I rarely shop.
- I don’t have much “me” time (except for naps).
- I don’t do a lot of running around town because I know time is precious.
- I only get a pedicure once a year, and I can’t tell you the last time I’ve had my nails done.
Of course I’m willing to give up these things because I’m so satisfied on what I choose to do. Many people see their calendar as an enemy, and there’s only conflict. I choose to treat my calendar like my best friend, and she is.
It’s important you see, because when you take care of your calendar, your calendar takes care of you. I’m busy, yes, but I’m at peace. I’ve chosen what I want to fill my life and time with, and I go to sleep at night knowing that I can look forward to the next day because I’ve chosen how to spend it.
Dear Lord, thank you for all the opportunities my family and I have to take part in. Please give me clarity as I prioritize and schedule those into my calendar, and help me to leave room for you.