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How to SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE by balancing your schedule

Before the whole COVID shut down in March our schedule was packed. Too packed actually. We had something going on every day of the week and a few times my boys had several things in one day. It was as if all these ‘good’ things had taken over. So we were grateful for the break. It was a sudden reminder of how we had let things slip into our schedule. I’m usually mindful of our time, balancing busy and calmer days. Let’s take a look at why it is important to guard our time.

Why simplify your schedule 

  • Too many scheduled activities may limit internal motivation 
  • Constant activity without downtime is not sustainable 
  • Boredom often leads to creativity 
  • Learn to appreciate the ordinary 
  • Free play offers so many learning opportunities 
  • Too much of a good thing is still too much 

How to simplify your schedule 

  • Balance busy days with calm ones 
  • Give your child time every day to play 
  • Build in down time every day and model that too 
  • Encourage the pursuit of hobbies and interests 
  • Check to see if your schedule matches your values and priorities  

Bible verses about time management 

So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17 There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 

Final thoughts 

It is good to make plans, but always trust your days to the Lord.  Slow down and focus on what is most important.  Children (and adults too) need free time to rest, dream and pursue their interests.  Be in charge of your schedule, guard your time it is a precious resource.

Be sure to check out the other blog posts in this series
How to SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE from drowning in clutter
How to SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE with a predictable rhythm


Meaghan Jackson of Joyful Mud Puddles is a parenting coach, an avid blogger and podcaster. She has taken her passion for bringing peaceful calm to family life and pairs that with her background in education to help parents become more confident and well equipped. What better way to describe the messy, fun exciting life of a mom with three boys that Joyful Mud Puddles!