Friday Five

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1. Thinking

Thy list, not mine, be done.

Recently a wholly unexpected minor operation badly interrupted my list of things to be done that week. But because God is my sovereign Lord, I was not worried. He manages perfectly, day and night, year in and year out, the movements of the stars, the wheeling of the planets, the staggering coordination of events that goes on on the molecular level in order to hold things together. There is no doubt that he can manage the timing of my days and weeks. So I can pray in confidence, Thy list, not mine, be done. – Elisabeth Elliot

A good prayer to begin the day with.

2. Doing

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During our break week two weeks ago, I did the seasonal clothing swap, which included dumping out every bin of clothes from our storage room and resorting and purging from them. It was a big job, but I got it done, took note of the wardrobe gaps, and have filled those in. Thanks to hand-me-downs from others (the reason the collection needed drastic attention), there were very few needs left over.

Tasks like this end up expanding, though, don’t they? To change out the kids’ clothes their closets needed attention (and we found lots more than clothes in there). My closet needed clearing, because I had thrift-finds or hand-me-downs set in piles in the back.

And, while we’re dealing with clothes, might as well take care of mine, also.

One more bag to drop off at the thrift store and one bin to take to our next moms’ night for others to sort through and we’re in the clear.

For this season, anyway.

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3. Listening

Season 2 of the audio blogs started this week!



4. Linking

Four Essential Prerequisites for Focus

by Matt Heerema

But my pseudo-ADD isn’t the only reason for the lack of focus. There are four essential elements which I must cultivate daily in order to focus. (There might be more, but these are the four I can think of prior to distraction… ;-))

There are deeper reasons for a lack of focus – one quick tip is not likely to solve our distractedness.

How Laundry Day Helps Me Declutter

by Dana White of A Slob Comes Clean

I big, puffy-heart love Laundry Day. Laundry Day helps me declutter.

I have switched from a single laundry day to laundry-every-day (just doing the math on our amount of laundry and how long a load takes and doing it all in a single day might actually be impossible), but Dana here states 3 decluttering benefits of having a single laundry day.

I found her benefits were exactly why my huge, daunting, seasonal-clothes-swap was also worth it.

How To Tackle Your To Do List When You’re Tired

by Mike Vardy of Productivityist

There are three simple ways to tackle your to do list when you’re tired and still want to get the right things done. It takes some initial setup, but once you use these techniques you’ll be able to be productive regardless of energy and time available.

Moms need strategies for moving forward even when we’re tired, because we’re tired a lot. :)

5. Downloading

Season 1 of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog was all about interval planning and how and why it works so well for moms who are spinning multiple plates.

Don’t miss the step-by-step guide for setting up your own interval planning system.

Free Interval Planning Guide

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