Of course God is our Giver from whom “success” is even possible, but I chose this quote because much of success, faith-rooted and all – happens when we take one step forward. “God is honored when we move forward in faith.” – Lisa, www.lisanotes.com Doing nothing equals usually just that.
All my life I have allowed procrastination and lack of thorough planning to rule me, and this year has been the first that I purposely prayed specifically for help in these areas – because I finally realized I really do need help. *Because the first step to recovery is realizing the problem, eh?*
Faith is belief in action. I’ve had issues with believing there is hope for this Kentucky mama, that one day maybe I’d operate out of order and not just pure chaos. I prayed for help and guess what? God showed up.
New Habits Can Form. I Have Proof.
The day started off amazing and I was in a chipper mood, full of energy and rubbing my chin wondering what to do next. I took one look at my daughter’s room and almost screamed but decided instead to do something about it.
They were busy outside jumping on the big rubber net most humans call a trampoline, and I was enjoying the quiet inside for a change. I did something different, something that even surprised me, Meghan – the not-so-good-planner-who-thrives-by-planning-but-just-hasn’t-gotten-the-knack-down-yet.
Like a mad woman I grabbed out shirts, jeans, and tank tops oh my and threw the pile on my bed. I paced back and forth like a scientist studying her lab specimen. That was it. I knew what to do!
Against the white backdrop of my quilt my eyes started putting patterns together in my head. I quickly grabbed a shirt here – paired it with a jean there – and before you knew it, I had made an outfit ensemble for each day of the week.
I am not a prissy person but this was pretty darn cool. I especially adored the floral 3/4 sleeve shirt paired with the mustard under-top with the skinny jeans. Not prissy, I promise. I do love mustard though. I had the pants hung on the hanger under the shirts and ready to go.
Talking with my daughter I filled her in on my light bulb moment (God credit time) and she raised eyebrows in disbelief. Quite funny.
Her mom had planned her school wardrobe for the fall, in May. What happened? Did aliens abduct her and drop off a look-alike?
What Organizing My Child’s School Wardrobe Taught Me About Planning Ahead.
- Planning ahead is rewarding.
- Planning ahead is freeing.
- That planning ahead gives us more time in the future.
- Planning ahead gives us peace of mind.
- Planning ahead doesn’t have to be awful.
- Planning ahead with creative visuals allow us to observe from a new perspective and make adjustments.
- Planning ahead allows us to see what we thought might work great paired up with ____, doesn’t jive well.
- Planning ahead feels much better than procrastinating and reaping yucky consequences.
- Planning ahead doesn’t have to break the bank. I used the clothes she already had but hadn’t previously laid them ALL out before me on a white space to switch around and experiment with. I discovered she had about 10 different varieties in those 5 outfits that I never even realized.
- Planning ahead can be fun!
Believe it or not, you can simply avoid a lot of stress. Plan ahead, rearrange your surroundings and reap the benefits of a lighter load. – Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic has a lot to say about ways to relieve stress. I thought the 4 A’s were awesome (in link above) and it will be something I will come back to I am sure.
Before, when I would assume everything on my list was urgent – I would have never said I would have had the time to do something like this. But honestly, you can’t run a business like this. To even entertain the thought is embarrassing.
Before, I would have operated out of procrastinating until the week before school started and than had a panic attack that I waited too long and threw together jeans and t-shirt that I probably didn’t look over thoroughly which would have had a stain that laughed at my face as my daughter went out the door to her first day of public school (in years.)
Breathe. That was long sentence. A run-on nonetheless. Stick with me all you grammar guru’s. The problem is, we tend to dread things we don’t think we will enjoy – but we can get creative and make them fun!
Make Planning Something to Look Forward To By Setting A Time Limit
Giving yourself a time limit is a fun way to turn a dreaded thing into a bit of fun. Set an alarm and make it a challenge! I was surprised at how much I accomplished when I set a limit. It only too me twenty minutes to put together 5 outfits!
My discovery has been this: I am apt to take WAY too long without time limits simply because I will overthink or overwork. This same pattern seeps into other areas of my life. Eh hem…this is why the grocery store is no fun for me unless I go with a list. #choices
Planning’s Pros Outweigh Their Cons
Planning ahead doesn’t mean you have to live in a rigid box. Quite opposite, planning ahead for something will allow you to be more flexible in the (sometimes near) future. If you aren’t sure, or are typically living by the seat of your pants – just try it. I challenge you today to just try it out on ONE thing.
Is there an event coming up soon or later, that you could be planning for now? If you are like I was, hesitant to do the hard things so you put it off for tomorrow only to feel foolish and sorry down the road, planning ahead will help.
Follow Up: After your pick out your one thing, come back and share with us here, how it affected you and those around you!