Time Management: Unpack the Schedule

timemanagmentFor me, it’s much easier to give help than to receive it.  You too? I don’t want to be a bother. It’s fine. I can make do. My intention and perhaps yours too, is to give my best efforts to my family. Consequently, I expel a massive amount of energy to show my love.  In the end, I am empty. My head buzzes as if I revved the engine all day but never left the parking spot.

Other times, the problem is overzealous multitasking. I’m not talking about making toast while unloading the dishwasher. I mean teaching school, while cleaning the whole kitchen, chasing a toddler, while planning the next event for church!  Biting off way more than can be chewed. It’s inevitable at times. But sometimes it’s self-inflicted. Either way we are left short fused, usually at the expense of our families.

Refusing help and overzealous multitasking at unhealthy levels can be echoes of PRIDE. In these moments we are leaving God and His infinite wisdom out of the equation.

When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

As mothers, we do not have anything to prove to the world. Yet, we have endless wisdom to seek. Let’s slow down for a sec, take a deep breath and ask.

Tips to Unpack: the Schedule

  1. Ask for help: Our needs are not obvious to others. Communicate needs respectfully.
  2. Know your limits: Spend time praying about priorities. Being capable of completing the task is invalid when one is overextended. Jack of all trades = master of none.
  3. Setting boundaries: Find the line and do not cross it. Distinguishing between what is imperative and what is a distraction is crucial.

We can do all things…through Jesus Christ WHO gives us strength! Philippians 4:13

Momma, you were not designed with superpowers. You were created by a Supernatural God who wants to lavish His all into you.

Be still and know He is God. Psalms 46:10

Sometimes the best thing we can do is just “be.”  We always want to do for God, as in action.  Serving, but not sitting still.  We teach our children there are two kinds of verbs; action and being. Essentially, being with God is an action. We tend to minimize it because we are unable see the instant results we are looking for. When we are being still, He is working deep inside where it can’t yet be seen. In faith those little unseen seeds will produce great fruit.

Which are you more likely to struggle with?  Refusing help or overzealous multitasking? How will you implement practical changes to bring peace into your home?


Before we go. I wanted to share with you a new tool I will be using to teach my girls about the Bible. Its called Grape Vine Studies – stick figures through the bible! Read, discuss, draw, and memorize scripture. It can be used as a discipleship enrichment or as a homeschool curriculum.

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We are going to start with Esther – my girls ask questions about her, I’m looking forward to diving in on a level they will understand!

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Michelle Pohl - BloomingwithJoy.comMichelle is a storyteller who encourages her readers to begin Blooming with Joythrough every chaotic moment, disappointment, and mess. Her readers keep her motivated to be real with life and laugh at her mistakes. Michelle is reformed coffee addict turned devoted tea drinker. She lives in Missouri, USA with her husband and homeschools her three daughters. Shas experienced God’s peace while enduring life’s many messes; childhood abuse, motherhood, miscarriage, and homeschooling. All the while, allowing God to trade her ashes for beauty. She has learned we can begin Blooming With Joy through every obstacle when our Hope is in Jesus!  You can visit her on her blog, Blooming With Joy, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.



  1. I definitely have trouble accepting help. People see me shuffling my 10 kids in and out of church by myself every week (my husband won’t go to church), and they offer to help me all the time. I used to always say no because I felt that my children were my responsibility, so I didn’t want to inconvenience anyone. Then my pastor’s wife pointed out that this is a pride issue, so I’ve been accepting help a little more lately. I’m getting there.

    • Good for you, Shelly! I have learned the hard way, It’s tough to accept help. However, when others are willing to help where we fall short it’s a blessing from God. You have a great faith and endurance to get your family to church every week. Keep up the great work!

  2. A wonderful post, Michelle. I see an epidemic of “Refusing help and overzealous multitasking” all around me – and I see it in myself all too often. It is a result of pride, and of being caught in the Comparison Trap. Thanks so much for the wake-up call this morning!

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