January 09, 2012

J is for Joy


For the last 9 months I've worked hard making over this house and, while I know there will always be a project (or 3) in the wings, I've decided to start taking some time to do things that I love. I've embraced a slower pace for my projects and I've decided to give myself permission to spend time doing things that make me happy.

The only way I know I can follow through with this is to put myself on a bit of a schedule. My plan is to spend from 7:30 (when I drop Emma at school) to 11am every morning taking care of  the house, business, running errands and working out. Then I will have until 2:15 (when I pick up Emma) to spend however I choose. I'm finding it satisfying to accomplish so much so early and I don't feel guilty if I want to do something fun with part of my day.

I know this isn't going to work every day and I have no intention of being rigid about it but I also know that I need the routine and hope this allows me to carve out time on most days to bring a little extra j-o-y into my life. Do you schedule pleasure into your day?

20 comments:

  1. sounds like a great plan girlie!!

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  2. I agree with your plan. We all need to make those spaces in our lives to do something just for us. Even if it doesn't always happen daily. Good for you!

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  3. i am the opposite, i tend to play first and then squeeze in the "to-dos" but somehow i always end up out of time. A schedule would be a great thing to keep me on track. A girl always needs "me " time :)

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  4. Great plan! I've emplemented a new plan this year too, to get us back on track with homeschooling. It's slowly coming together and hopefully will keep improving. Hats off to you! God Bless

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  5. I spend my mornings in the studio painting simply because I am most creative then. I take an hour or so for myself around noon to journal, meditate or read uplifting books.
    It works for me but I do need to try to stay on schedule....discipline isn't always my strength.

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  6. Great idea. I used to do that when my kids were little. You need TWO J's...to stand for Jen's Joy! xo Diana

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  7. How in the world was I not following you on Pinterest!? I am now, so I can't wait to look through your boards! I am a pinning fool, I tell ya!

    And your plan sounds like a great one!

    Mary

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  8. I love your blog! I like your plan. I had a similar plan when my kids were in school. And I allowed myself to go to a movie once a week - I movie that I wanted to see - usually a chic flick. We need to give ourselves time to do the things that we enjoy.

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  9. i love your plan! we homeschool...and so much of our morning is spent doing school. my youngest still takes a little nap each afternoon, which is also "quiet time" for my older two. i set aside that time for me...to craft, to read, to plan, to bake, to chat with a friend. i also find that my most creative time is at night when everyone else is fast asleep :)

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  10. I am leaving a highly stressful job this week, and I have similar thoughts. I know starting off with an intentional routine will be important. Thanks!

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  11. Oh girl, you are preaching to the choir!!!!! I so know what you mean and I don't even have any kidos at home any longer.....I do get up early and get chores done around the house and out in the barn, but a lot of days it is almost noon before I am showered and dressed....I know, I know....I am so bad! My issue is I feel like I have to get every single thing done on my to-do list before I can have fun doing what I want to....I have so many projects of my own I want to do, it doesn't help trying to keep up with my antique business either.....i-ya-ya!

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  12. Will begin scheduling this week. I need a schedule to motivate me. Getting done w/chores early always feels better. Jackie

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  13. Your plan sounds lovely! I am working full time at the moment. So, that reeeeeally cuts into my creative time. Drat! :(
    I did tell myself that I would try to schedule more of it into my time away from work because I get "out of sorts" when I don't have creative time in my life. Us creative people need to feed that....don't we? :)
    Have a great day!

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  14. I schedule Silas and Ruby into their beds for one hour a day. Does that count???

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  15. Sounds wonderful. I will be anxious to hear how it goes.

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  16. can you help me devise a schedule? you are wise as always, my friend.

    i'm enjoying some blogging time until 2:50 p.m. when i must put my shoes on to greet the bus.

    xo
    elyse

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  17. I used to do that but now that my kids are grown, I have all day to do just what I want...pay back is awesome! LOL ;D

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  18. I have always scheduled in time for me. What I did with that time has varied over the years. Right now, my goal is to do something creative every day. As long as I get my creative fix in each day, I'm pretty happy.

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  19. Great plan and I love that "J"!!


    janet

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  20. That is a great plan. I have been struggling with balance - This is exactly what I need to do . Plan.
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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