Friday, November 18, 2011

put your nail belt on


I was talking to Jeffrey the other day about the way some people are able to accomplish so much more than I am in the same 24 hours. I always feel rushed and hurried, and I wonder what their secret is. He reminded me of a friend of ours. This man was running his own business and remodeling a house on his own time; to say nothing of his commitment to church, his friends, and family. Jeffrey asked him one time how he ever managed to accomplish so much. Joram said, "When you get home, first thing you do is put your nail belt on." He meant that you don't take a break. You get home, and you get to work. I've been trying that for the past two weeks. Joram was right. If I stop, I'm a goner - that laundrey will never get done. But, if I get right to work, I finish the day with so much more accomplished.

That's not to say that Joram didn't know how to play. He definitely did. He worked hard and he played hard. He just knew his goals and what it would take to reach them. One of my goals is to not let the chores pile up. That way, when it's time to play - there's nothing on my mind. I'm free to play.

How about you guys? Do you put your nail belt on as soon as you get home? Or do you find yourself "relaxing" far longer than you'd planned? How do you accomplish all that you do?

The cherub pictured above is the little brother of my giggling cutie from last week. I am having so much fun with these family photoshoots.


Debby said...

I wish I had more energy. I plan all these things in my brain all the time and they never get done. I don't know if it is the fact that I am getting older and that I have never had an abundance of energy. But I will agree, once I sat down I am done.
Happy Thanksgiving.

meeta said...

from my own personal experience, i know it's true..unless u put that nail belt on, u are just gonna be getting nothing done and cribbing on and on about it.

GraceGal said...

I have to comment on the sweet picture. He is adorable :)

Anonymous said...

My problem is taking the nail belt off and allowing myself to "accomplish nothing"!

Jennifer Richardson said...

that is FANTASTIC advice!
I cherish you know?
glad squeeze,

spread your wings said...

i've recently been trying to get in the napping habit - but in the way that my dad does it (he's one who also gets so much done in a day I can't imagine how he does it) He's always taken a couple little 10 minute nap, no more, then he's up and at it again. It's not working as well for me yet.: (

Marilyn said...

Yes, my husband think I wear that nail belt too often, but then I get to play like today with a clear conscious and I have accomplished more than my husband has. Needless to say, it become a bit of conflict. I love wearing that nail belt and then running out the play.

Writer Lady said...

People ask me how I have so much time to do what I like. I don't usually tell them that I hire people to clean my house and rarely cook. It kind of takes the mystery out of it.

Even when I had little kids I took time out for myself. They were and are well adjusted people. It didn't hurt them a bit and I was a better mother for it. Here's a quote from my daughter after I yelled at her "Don't you think it's time you got us a babysitter?"

Jeanie said...

By the time I get home, I don't even have the energy to LOOK for the nail belt -- at least not lately. If I keep going -- work to meeting to grocer to whatever -- I manage. As soon as I walk in the door, I just want to BE. What this kid needs is more discipline!

knitalatte said...

Hi Relyn,
I love this post as it made me think about what are my priorities and how do I accomplish the daily tasks?
During the work week I get to the office a half hour early and go for a walk before I enter the building. I'm lucky enough to work close to home so on my lunch break I head home have a quick bite then clean up the breakfast dishes, do a load of laundry and fold what ever came out of the dryer. Since I sit in front of a computer all day, I stand, stretch and move about while accomplishing these tasks. When I get home after work, a bit of dinner prep, etc, then I can put on my 'knitting basket' and enjoy focusing on my latest project. I great way for me to relax and destress.

S. Etole said...

That is one cute little guy ... glad you find time for your photography in your busy life.

Meri said...

When I was working outside the house as well as in it, I knew that if I sat down once I'd changed my clothes, I was a goner. All the energy and focus was gone with the wind. But if I just kept moving, putting one foot in front of the other, I could accomplish a lot.

susanna said...

Short to do lists - that's the answer! *grin*

Really, though, I don't think it's always possible to accomplish everything on my to do list. I definitely need breaks throughout the day.

If it's artwork or photography that I'm concentrating on, I plan according to the light in the room; for example, I'll Photoshop at night.

I find reading a book or listening to music before falling asleep helps me to decompress and put aside the unfinished to do list in my head.

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