Friday, February 1, 2013

Priorities

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Now that's a word I need to focus on a bit more. 
Where are my priorities. Where do I spend the majority of my time? 

I'll tell you right now that a lot of my time is put into this blog. Blogging has a way of consuming my thoughts and my time. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, don't get me wrong. I have noticed though it's taken much of my time. Writing posts, scheduling giveaways, reading comments, replying to comments, checking emails, responding to emails, and NOW I've added to that to do list with my new Etsy shop

I don't ever want to come across as ungrateful for this space. You guys, my readers are the main reason I come back day after day to share our lives with you. You are the sweetest, most encouraging humans I have never met.

I just want to make sure that I'm keeping my priorities straight. That my heart motives remain pure. That I don't forget about the real life stuff that needs to be done. For example, this morning I was determined I would get a few things done around the house before I jumped on here to write. Lately I'm eager to get on the computer first thing in the morning to get my post written, check out my daily reads, catch up on twitter, etc. Then I would throw in a load of laundry, unload the dishwasher, clean, and spend time reading. Whatever got done got done, but truth be told a lot of my chores just didn't get crossed off the to do list. 

I want to be more intentional about where I'm spending my time and where my priorities lie. I want to be more conscious. This doesn't mean I'm going anywhere or that things will change around here, but it does mean that I need to spend my time more wisely. I need to say no sometimes, put my phone away for a few hours, or realize that sometimes it's more important to clean those toilets and wipe down the top of the fridge before sitting down to write and life will still go on. 

I think this will be a great lesson in self control for me. I feel better already. 
Do you ever feel like you struggle with your priorities or time management? Tell me I'm not alone.

7 comments:

  1. I try to write 3 or more posts all at once, schedule them and possibly go back and add or edit them if needed. I definitely have a hard time putting twitter and my emails away in the evenings after work, but I just try to get as much done as I can when I can.
    Sometimes I can't or don't respond to all comments and emails, and I just have to let that go, even though its hard to!

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  2. This is EXACTLY what I was talking to Caleb about last night... I LOVE my blog and the relationships I've made... but it doesn't mean my phone/email needs checked every 15 minutes. Life will go on without those things for a little while :)

    That was a NYresolution of mine "be more intentional" ... :)

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  3. Ahhh... I needed to read this today. As I sit here with a list of things to do a mile long, I should stop reading, blogging, etc. and get to it. Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. I absolutely struggle with fitting everything in and prioritizing!

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  5. This is a beautifully written post, Brittany! There are so many times that I find myself lost in my blog when I should be enjoying life. Thanks so much for being honest and open! I love when I find raw bloggers who are not afraid to set the record straight! Adore following your blog!! - Kalyn (http://lovelaughterhappyeverafter.blogspot.com)

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  6. yes ..
    that is why I've had less posts, less tweets about giveaways, less attachment to the computer lately.
    my house is cleaner and my boys happier!

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  7. I have totally struggled with this my friend! I have actually said I was going to cut back on sponsorships because it was interrupting my time spent with the Lord - and nothing should ever take up THAT much time! But I read some posts that talked about juggling the blog life with the real life - I wish I would've kept them to give to others but I didn't...Hmmmm maybe I should take my favorite things I learned and write a post about it! haha. I think we all can struggle with this! I stand behind you 100% - your heart is just simply beautiful! you're one of my favorite bloggies! :)

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