How to Prioritize Your Busy Life

I have been a fan of Sheila Wray Gregoire’s blog and writings, and when I found this – I had to share it.  It speaks to me pretty pointedly as I tend to get into Busy-Ness at times, and knowing she’s giving this a Christian perspective really gives me food for thought!  Oh, and make sure you read all the way to the end for her special FREE planner offer!

Curse of Busy-Ness: Learning How to Prioritize the Right Things by Sheila Wray Gregoire

The answer to the question, “How are you?” has traditionally been “I’m fine.” Over the last few years, though, a new answer has supplanted the old one. It’s now in fashion to say, “I’m just so busy!”, before lamenting how exhausted we are.

Are we really that busy? After all, we still seem to find time to spend thirty hours a week in front of a television, and that doesn’t even include other screens we glue ourselves to. But perhaps this is in reaction to how busy we are at other times: we rush and rush and rush, and then when we get home we collapse. Hardly a fulfilling life, is it?

Busyness Distracts

Author Mark Buchanan wrote recently that “busyness causes people to care less about the things they care about.” In other words, when you’re busy, your priorities get distorted. What happens when you’re busy and your daughter wants you to read to her? You get annoyed. What happens when your spouse wants to talk about her mother’s cancer diagnosis? You figure out how to placate her so that you can move on to something more important. What happens when your son wants you to coach Little League, or your daughter wants you to come and see the play she’s in? You get angry, because people are adding to your already full schedule and assuming they can count on you. They don’t understand all the demands you face!

We All Need Reminders of our True Priorities

Every winter our family takes a “time out” from our busyness. We head up to a cabin in the woods with another family with kids of similar ages, and we toboggan, ski, play board games, and chat, all without the benefit of electricity or running water. It’s loads of fun. Trust me.

The only downside for Katie, my 10-year-old, is the outhouse. She’s not into outhouses, and not only because of the smell. There may be spiders there, you see, even if it is twenty below. So I have to accompany her every time she feels the urge.

One particular night this year we entered said building, and as she prepared to do her business we attempted the flashlight handoff. And failed. The flashlight plummeted into the hole.

It so happens that just a few months’ prior to our visit the cabin had been used by many large men who consumed much food. So the hole was, shall we say, full.

And as the flashlight descended, the rest of the outhouse was plunged into total darkness. All we could see was the illuminated pile of you know what.

In retrospect, I wonder if this incident is really a metaphor for the purpose of our yearly visits. It’s to illuminate the huge pile of crap that is filling our lives, so that we can deal with it and move on.

When We’re Not Busy We Really Live

In that cabin with no electricity and no pagers and no computers, we spend time with each other. We talk. We wrestle and tickle. We listen. And we remember why we actually enjoy being a family. It’s bliss.

When I think about my children’s years growing up thus far, one of the enduring memories I have is reading to them. We have devoured the Narnia series, the Little House series, Anne of Green Gables, and Little Women out loud, twice, once for each girl. Huddling under the covers and sharing Anne’s adventures bonded us in a very unique way. And yet how often today, when Katie wants to launch into Jane Austen, do I sigh and wish she would just leave me alone so I could get something important done?

Busyness causes us to care less about the things we care about. If I start to see those I love as intruding on my life, there’s something really wrong. Something in my life is truly stinking, and I better deal with it before I lose what is most precious.

And now I’d like to invite you to use my FREE personal time planners to get your own busy-ness under control–and make sure you’re focusing on your true priorities! I also include kids’ chore sheets, household organization planners, and more!

Sheila Wray Gregoire is the author of four books, including To Love, Honor and Vacuum: When you feel more like a maid than a wife and a mother. She blogs at
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Internet Gurus


I am very excited that beginning next week, I will be working with Kelly McCausey genius-internet-marketing-guru & mom behind Mom’s Talk Network and Mom Masterminds – in a 10-week blogging internship with 9 other interns!

I am absolutely THRILLED to be working with someone who really has found a niche in offering information to moms who want to help provide for their family financially – especially from home.  I will be serving my internship and honing my skills at Family Foodies (yay – a recipe/food/cooking blog!)  I will still be posting here as usual, but will have some added posts there – so be sure to check back often!

Kelly has teamed up with some other internet marketing work-from-home experts (like Alice Seba, Carrie Lauth, and more) to put together a wide variety of Moms Talk ebooks like: Hot Mama Makeover, Find the Time Mama, and Be a Great Mama.  These are great little ebooks with some powerful messages and information!  You’ll find a great variety of other ebooks on Organization, Kids’ Health, Family Budgeting, and more!

I call Kelly a genius because she really has so much available to moms who want to work from home, business idea guides for moms who want to start their own business, or resources and tips on how to just be better moms!  She offers one on one business coaching (how does she find the time?), teaches Profitable Mommy Blogging, and provides under-her-wing mentoring at WAHM Talk Radio.

If you are a mom who wants to work from home, or needs help getting business ideas moving forward – I invite you to check out any of these website links in this post.  No jobs are ever guaranteed, but you might find that “spark” you have been looking for that will enable you to earn an income at home.

Have a Blessed Day!

P.S. – If you’ve been thinking of starting an at home business, but wasn’t sure if it was right for you – I just found something that might help. It’s a quick quiz that will show you if you’re suited for an at home career, what type of business you might set up and additional tips to help you get started.

The quiz only takes a couple of minutes and you can take it right here