Can you relate with that quote? I sure can! It seems like a million different tasks vie for my attention, and a million others beckon me to add them to my "to-do" list.
How do you find balance? Julie B. Beck gave an excellent address at a women's conference. You can read it here. In it, she mentions how to prioritize tasks into three categories: essential, necessary, and nice-to-do. Essential tasks are those that help draw you closer to our Heavenly Father. Necessary tasks have to do with the home and this earthly experience. Nice-to-do are the fun, fluffy things.
I'm a morning person, and I've found that if I start my day with prayer and scripture study, I have a better attitude throughout the day, no matter what goes on around me. So prayer and scripture study are essential things for me. Exercise is necessary, and I like to get that done in the morning as well. Having meals planned and the house generally clean also fits into the "necessary" category.
(Please don't misunderstand and think I serve gourmet meals everyday and live in a passed-the-white-glove-test home; remember, my kids were the ones who asked me years ago, "Is Grandma coming?" when they found me mopping the floor! But food for tummies and sanitary shelter is a minimum necessity. Individual circumstances dictate how much you are able to do above and beyond that.)
When essentials and necessities take their proper place, it is amazing to discover just how many nice-to-do things can fit into the schedule.
What are your essential, necessary, and nice-to-do things, and how do you find the balance?
Thanks for time, and the many good ways in which we can use it.