"A habit is what we wear. A habit is the way we wear our days.
Wear new habits and your life gets a makeover.
Consistently do things at the same time everyday and find yourself a new person.
And scratching down a plan for each day, The Day’s Draft, working on habits and consistency: there’s realizing this too:
If it matters, you make the time.
If it doesn’t, you make excuses.
Standing in an imperfect place is just the perfect place to begin, and everyday offers the hope of Day 1. His mercies are new every morning and this is a gift."
In the past I have struggled with getting out of balance and putting too much emphasis on schedule, therefore feeling like poop in a sandwich when I don't hold to it (for whatever valid or non-valid reason); and then revolting/rebelling against so-called schedule and letting my house go to shambles while I dealt with feelings of inadequacy and being overwhelmed until returning back to my Savior's arms where He happily whispers loud truth about me again, and again, and again. So what I love about Ann Voscamp's "The Day's Draft" is that it is easy. It is a peaceful way for me to get done all of things I need to get done. I'm not trapped by: "Okay I must do this at this time or the whole day goes down the toilet." And it goes day to day, one day at a time, because well...every day holds different things and experiences, tasks and conversations doesn't it? And I must have room to find the moments of Eucharisteo - the moments of grace and joy and thanksgiving. :) "THANKSGIVING PRECEDES THE MIRACLE."
THE DAY'S DRAFT
I really, really love this day planner. Down to the name, I love it. A draft. It gives me room to move within it. Not shackled to whatever I decided how our day would look and behave. It is this day's draft. :) In addition, I am going to start setting a timer and doing pomodoros for each task, and see how that goes. The Pomodoro Technique® is a way to get the most out of time management.
Below are detailed accounts of what fills each section of "The Daily Draft" printout, and I have included a link below it for you to get your own copy to try on like a sweater; only you can decide if it's comfy or itchy. To each his own for we are all different folks with different strokes. ;)
- The Day's Dire - The three most pressing needs to attend to. :)
- The Definites - The thing definitely done every day + it encourages you to put extra focus on one relationship each day (write down the person's name and how you can do this). :)
- The Diner - What's on the menu for this day? (Also, this Weekly Menu Planner with grocery list from Eat At Home Cooks is a must-have and makes it super simple.) :)
- The Dailies - Log here the daily rhythm. :)
- The Domestic - This day's household tasks... (Time Warp Wife inspired my daily and weekly housekeeping routines - This link is a must!!! Get a printout of her Housekeeping Routine here!) :)
- The Doxology - Looking for gifts to give Him thanks for today. Eucharisteo! :)
- The Day's Draft - Draft out when during the day you'll do the dires, dailies, and domestics. :)
- The To-Do - Throughout the day, jot the to-do's down: the become tomorrow's dires and apart of the day's draft. :)
"And then, at the end of the day, to be done with the day because you’ve done what you could do. The accomplishment of a day isn’t so much about accomplishing goals but abiding in God, and this is the thing that needs remembering. True, the day may have stumbled and fallen, but in Christ we are the saved. Tomorrow, it will descend like a fresh dew, a fresh snow, and it will come again — Fresh grace all over again."
To Download your own copy of The Day’s Draft, head here :)
I also highly recommend Sarah Mae's eBook, "31 Days to Clean - Having a Martha House the Mary Way."
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