Here are a few more ways we can be diligent with our time and release our guilt at the Cross:
- Multi-task: Double up on activities. I blog-hop during TV or movie time. We listen to books on tape while we eat. I usually plan my next writing assignment or scene of my book while I'm fixing dinner, greasy notebook and pen always on the counter.
- Simplify: Find ways to reduce daily tasks or make them easier. I cook and freeze the ground beef and chopped chicken I need for the month all at one time which reduces meal prep time on a daily basis. Sometimes I double meals and freeze one for the next month. I've pared down the kids' clothes closets and toy bins which makes less to keep track of and put away.
- Delegate: Let others have the chance to learn new tasks or take on new responsibilities. My husband has turned into a grocery shopper extraordinaire. My nine year old is learning to cook and loves being in the kitchen. My son is fully responsible for all aspects of the care of our dog. When I hand the baton to them, they take it and run.
Slowly but surely I've been able to block out more writing time and not feel guilty about it. What are your tips? I'd love to hear.
Guilt-free, part-three tomorrow. . .