#097: What is a productive day, anyway?

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Welcome to Simply Convivial, where we remember that organization is about our attitudes, expectations, and responses more than about our closets, cupboards, and calendars. I’m Mystie Winckler, wife, homemaker, classical homeschooling mom of 5, and I’ve learned in home, homeschool, and life contentment in not getting ahead and in just keeping things together. It’s not giving up; it’s recognizing that God’s plan always rightly supersedes my own.

In today’s episode we’ll discover how to rightly define a productive day, and why it’s important to give our expectations a reality check.

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What Makes a Productive Day?

Being productive while feeling crummy about it stinks. I don’t want a groundless feel-good, but neglecting the feel-good doesn’t work either. When productivity feels good, it feels energizing. That energy, in turn, helps us keep going. When productivity feels bad, it feels like walking dead, like the slow sapping of vitality with each check made on the stupid list.

How many solutions have you hunted for in magazines, online, or with friends only to have it not work for you? It happens all the time because we try copying and pasting other people’s practices into our own lives, when our situations are different. There are a few true and universal principles to work through the life, the universe, and everything, but many ways to live out those principles. Instead of trying to practice other people’s solutions, we need to grow our understanding and application of the principles to fit our own lives and needs and callings.

The primary universal principle for us as Christian homemakers is that our role is not to keep a clean house or have well-behaved children. Our goal is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Our job is to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. 

Our homemaking is simply an extension of that basic call, and whatever we do that is not an extension of that basic call, is labor spent in vain.

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