- Who you are at home – Mother, Homemaker, Daughter
- The title of any job you work at – Teacher, Massage Therapist, Entrepreneur
- What you like to be in your spare time – Writer, Seamstress, Volunteer
I took a hint from Amy Lynn Andrew’s book, Tell Your Time, and made myself my first priority. Sound selfish? Let me explain: I’m a mom, a wife, a homemaker, a writer – these are things I’m passionate about. It takes energy and fuel to live out one’s passions. If I’m not fueling up, I’m gonna have trouble reaching any of my goals. If I take care of myself first, everyone (including me!) is blessed.
Now, I’m not talking about pedicures and nights out, gals. I’m talking about my soul, the deeper person, who I am when I’m alone. My toes don’t matter then. I make myself a priority when I:
- take time for washing my mind with scripture (even just a teensy bit on the busy days!),
- make sleep a priority over clean dishes,
- allow myself to take the time to organize my day so I can enjoy being a sane member of society.
I have to confess, this is convicting even as I write it, because I’ve been letting some stuff get out of balance. So, lest you think I’m perfect, let me tell you that my binder is a reminder of my goals, NOT a showcase of reality around here every day. There are definitely days I let email come before kids, and house cleaning before time with my husband, but I’m working on it. Everytime I open my binder, I’m reminded of my key roles…
- Trina/Wife – includes personal goals, book list, notes from stuff I’m studying
- Mother – where I focus on my relationship with each of my children
- Homemaker – menu ideas, freezer list, organizing goals, etc.
- Writer – book list, post drafts, blogging schedule
- Friend – where I jot down questions, ideas, or stuff to share with friends
- Entrepreneur – notes from conference calls, goals for business and personal growth
- Shopper – gift ideas, shopping lists, master grocery list, cash account, etc.
- Artist – where I keep ideas for when I have time in the studio
There’s just one more ingredient to a super binder that can bring peace and order to your days – it’s the most used and helpful part of mine! I’ll clue you into that next time… (sorry, but I just love cliff hangers…)
Meanwhile, do you have a binder yet? What do you have or plan to include in yours? What do you see as your key roles? In writing them down, did you make any discoveries?