So…back to Lent for a moment here. Three back-to-back whole-family illnesses followed by a GI problem and brutal spring allergies made this past winter and Lent a season and a half I hope to never repeat. At one pediatrician’s visit, our doctor just looked at me sympathetically and said, “This too will pass.”
And it has (for the most part).
The low point of the past few months was Ash Wednesday, fittingly enough. Teddy, who was still hacking away with the remains of the whooping cough, came down with the flu that morning. The rest of us had already had it, so we could all feel for him when he then ran a fever for 7 days straight and started up all his whooping again.
During the hours I spent that week rocking with him in our rocking chair, I caught up on a blog I hadn’t read in awhile: Modern Mrs. Darcy. The author Anne had been reading and recommending lots of books on productivity and work, and I started downloading them onto my Kindle.
Needless to say, our home was far from feeling productive at that point! I knew I’d probably need some inspiration to get things back in order when we all got well.
I ended up spending most of Lent reading books on the topic, and here they are, along with my one line summaries. Most of them are only available as e-books and can be read in a few days at most.
What the Most Successful People do before breakfast
What the Most Successful People do on the weekend
What the Most Successful People do at work
Manage your day-to-day: Build your routine, find your focus, and sharpen your creative mind
How She Does It: An Everywoman’s Guide (by Modern Mrs. Darcy herself)
(Decide what pursuits give you energy and ruthlessly eliminate all other unnecessary activities!)
and the blog archives of Simply Convivial (by the author of GTD for Homemakers).
Here are my takeaways from all that reading:
1. I have more in common with busy business execs than one would think and find their strategies for success very applicable to my life.
2. There are at-home moms who combine a lot of hands-on parenting (including homeschooling) with fulfilling their own creative pursuits.
3. Those moms and business execs manage their time and energy very carefully.
4. They use their electronic gadgets very consciously and at set times only.
Of all the books, the two most helpful to me were Jennifer Fulwiler’s (only a few more days to get this book) and What the Most Successful People do on the weekend. The message in those two books particularly was you will do better at your primary job if you take time off to recharge with activities that give you energy. And lying around and checking Facebook does not generally recharge us. It takes some planning to use your windows of down-time well.
Linking up with Housewifespice for Reading Wednesday (even though now it’s Thursday)!