Monday, September 24, 2012

Managing My Minutes

Routine or Schedule.......Routine or Schedule......or both.....or NEITHER! 

As homemakers we make so many decisions each day.  Some of our tasks become routine, wash laundry, put it in the dryer, fold laundry, put away laundry.....but some of them need to be thought out and considered.....or do they?  Have you ever considered that maybe you could make a decision about when to do something, or how to do something, and just do it that exact same way every time?

Welcome to the heart of the home, a schedule.  I've been an on-off scheduler for many years.  I like a schedule.  I don't have to think about anything, I just do what is next and move on.  But then sometimes I am being rebellious and just don't want to do anything on the schedule.  The schedule usually enters the trash can shortly after.

This month's Gabby Moms review item is Managing My Minutes: Do I Really Need To? by Lorrie Flem.  Lorrie uses the book of Nehemiah to remind us why it is so important to plan our minutes, rather than just letting them go by and that God needs to be at the heart of our planning. 

Not really a "how to book", this is a why book.  Lorrie then explains the differences between a routine and a schedule and how each can be more important at different stages of your family.  This is a great foundation book.  I think that maybe I wouldn't have thrown my schedules away so many times if I had understood the flexible nature of the schedule. 

I can't wait to get ahold of Lorrie's bundle about routines; Managing My Minutes: Babies, Preschoolers and Kindergartners.  (or for older children (schedules); Managing My Minutes: The School Years)

This book will be available very soon from Eternal Encouragement;

EDITED TO ADD: This booklet is now available at