Ep. 19 When You're Too Busy: Doing Better, Not More

This is perfect for when you feel like you’re too busy. Doing better, not more.

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Episode Recap

In this episode, we’re talking about being BUSY.

So many of us seem to be living in constant busy-mode with all the things on our schedules and more we want to fit into each day. We think about, stress about, and talk to each other about just how busy we are. But we wondered if it really needs to be this way.

Is there a way we can simplify our schedules? Or even leave our schedules the way they are but change how we think and talk about them? What if 24 hours was really all the time we needed in a single day?

Doing better doesn’t always mean doing more

  1. Scale your life down to fit what’s more manageable for you. Simplify.

    1. What’s one thing you can scale back on? You could either take it out completely or just simplify how you do it.

  2. Doing less also doesn’t have to mean we aren’t doing enough.

    1. "Our lists are already very full! But maybe we can do the right things. The simple things. The things the Lord Himself wants done." - Reyna Aburto [Article-To Women Doing Better Doesn't Mean Doing More]

  3. Start small.

    1. What’s something very little that you can do today?

      1. “I have started asking the Lord every morning, “What is one thing you want me to do today.”  -Sharon Eubank [link to article-When You're Already Tired and Can't Do One More Thing]

Accept that you’re never done and you don’t have to do it all

  1. Unfortunately we’re never really done doing the dishes, laundry, work etc. There’s always tomorrow. But realizing and accepting that can make all the difference.

  2. "You don't have to do it all, and you are never done, and you can be okay with that, and you can accept that. Do what you can each day, ask the Lord to fill in the gaps. And then a new day starts and you begin again."  -Reyna Aburto [link to article]

    1. Be realistic with what you can and should get done and then make sure to enjoy life! Have fun with your family, go do something fun with them!

  3. Leave some margin or buffer time in your schedule by picking a day or a few hours to be free.

Changing our mindset and dialogue about busy-ness

  1. “What if 24 hours was really all the time we needed in a single day? What if in fact we have enough time, but we just aren’t seeing it? And what if we can think to ourselves that we do have enough time that day for what we need to get done?” -Laura

  2. Make the time you have in a day the right amount of time for you.

  3. What if we just changed how we talked about our days?

    1. Our days may truly be crazy busy at times.

    2. Or maybe they are and don’t have to be.

    3. Or MAYBE they aren’t actually as crazy as we say they are. Do we sometimes just get in the habit of assuming we’re “so busy”? We’re used to that feeling, so we assume we’re always busy but it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s be mindful of how we talk about our time and give ourselves grace!

    4. The more we talk about being busy to each other, the more we reinforce it as normal and acceptable. By changing this language, we could give each other permission to see that opportunity for ourselves and claim a calmer life.

  4. Is there a way for us to be as busy as our life requires of us but not to FEEL busy??

  5. What if you’re waiting for your life to turn into something else or to get past the point of struggle and later you find that that in-between stage was actually the point? What if that was actually the fun part?? Maybe we have to turn circumstances into what we want by the way we think and talk about them.

Our Favorite Things This Week: 

Kristin: The perfect little book light

Laura: This adorable wooden art piece her friend Megan made with a wood burner. Isn't it so cute?!


Links mentioned in this episode

Here are the two articles referenced by Laura about being busy. They are both really good! 

Article called- To Women: "Doing Better Doesn't Mean Doing More."

Article called-When You're Already Tired and Can't Do One More Thing By Sharon Eubank

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