I have a problem.
I tend to get sucked into certain TV shows. On Netflix. Where you can watch them back to back. Every night.
First, it was Felicity back when I was first married. A friend lent me her Felicity DVD set, and I watched almost all of it in a week.
Then there was the show 24. My husband and I only had one little babe and she went to bed at 6:30 every night. We had just moved into a new house and everything was in boxes. Instead of unpacking, we sat and watched all the episodes of 24 on DVD. We were seriously sleep deprived during this time, staying up until 2am each night.
Fast forward to this past fall when we got a streaming Netflix subscription. I found Bones, and proceeded to watch every episode within a two months time. I didn’t get much done during those months, as you can imagine.
And you know what I’ve been doing the past two weeks? Watching Felicity. Again.
I know. It’s sad, really. So sad in fact that I cancelled my Netflix subscription because clearly my self-control levels are at an all-time low. With the cancelled subscription and no access to any channels, I just lowered my distraction levels significantly. My husband is proud.
There are a million and one things to distract us from being productive, some are even good distractions (our children, our husbands). But we all know there are distractions that just kill our time and waste our life. Yes, we all need to take a break sometimes and relax, and let ourselves be distracted for a time. But on the whole, distractions can really mess with you, suck you in, and keep you from living.
Or just doing the things you need to do.
What is sucking the life from your productivity? What do you know you need to lay down the law about and get serious about walking away from? How are your time redeeming skills?
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.“
Psalm 39:4-5 NIV
Mary Challenge: Meditate on Psalm 39:4-5. What is your biggest time waster? What can you do to get rid of the distraction or lessen it? How many days do you have left, if you live until you’re 75? How do you want to use those days?
Martha Challenge: We’re starting with our bedrooms! Today, clean out your bedroom closet. Get rid of the clothes you don’t wear (be honest, are you really going to ever wear that shirt?) If this is a big job, split into two or three days. I’ll be posting all my before and after pics here.
Get Your Babes Involved: Find a way that your children can clean out your closet with you. My oldest (6) loves to organize (I know, I know, she didn’t get it from me) and so I’ll ask her to organize all my shoes in my closet when I’m done. I’m sure I’ll have some clothes I can give to my children as dress up clothes and let them play while I clean. Your children could fold clothes for the Goodwill bag, help you throw things out, or just color on the bed while you work. You could play some music and have a cleaning dance party (I love listening to music when I take on a big cleaning project…any cleaning project, actually).
Quick message on the heart of this series:
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What is your biggest distraction, currently, when it comes to caring for your home?
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