The One-Day Challenge by Darlene Schacht
Every once in a while, I get to a point in my life, my year, or my month where all of the little things I’ve been putting off for a while add up to one big ball of stress.
I drag around this ball and chain for weeks, and while it’s not getting any lighter, I’m wondering if it will somehow disappear on its own. It never does.
My email backs up, my paper work stacks up, my call backs add up, and my closets fill up, until I finally get to the point where I say to myself, “What are you waiting for? Just do it!”
As soon as I do all of “it,” an enormous weight is taken off of my shoulders, and I’m asking myself, “Darlene, why didn’t I take care of this stuff weeks ago?”
Yesterday was one of those days. I woke up with a heavy feeling of responsibility on my shoulders and I knew it was time to roll up my sleeves, stop procrastinating, create a to-do list, and start checking things off.
I’m not finished the entire list yet, but I have checked several things off and each time I do I’m feeling a little less stressed.
With that said, I have a one day challenge for you. Just one day. Take out a notepad, and jot down some of the things you’ve been putting off for a while. These items could be anything from making amends to cleaning out a hall closet. There might be paperwork to do, email to answer, or some phone calls to make…
Think about it for a few minutes and put down some of the unpleasant things that you’d normally put off for another day. Take two days if you have too–the goal is to get as many of them done as soon as possible. Getting these things off of your mind will take a weight off of your shoulders and put a skip in your step. It certainly made a difference for me!
If you’re anything like me, I’m a work in progress. A thousand times I’ve failed at this thing called life. Like the foolish steward I am, I’ve wasted the gifts that He’s given me time and again. The Lord knows I’m trying, but He also knows how often I fail. And so I thank Him for His mercy and grace as each day brings with it a new beginning.
About the Author:
Darlene and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve raised four children and have welcomed two grand children into their family.
She began her publishing journey about fourteen years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
Being the youngest of six girls in a house without boys gave Darlene the opportunity to watch, to listen, and to learn what it takes to manage an organized house.
My P31 Home is a warm blend of Darlene’s writing and love for a comfy, pretty, and organized home. It’s a small corner of the world where faith, family, and home come together in one beautiful place.
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