May 012012
 

PhotobucketA frequent visitor to our Louisiana backyard bird feeders is a persistent squirrel, who I watch with a blend of awe and aggravation.

He spends an amazing amount of effort to get to one particular feeder, stretching, hanging upside down, falling off and getting back on. While I admire his tenacity, he isn’t very smart: The same food is laid out plentifully on two easily accessible feeders nearby.

He makes this much harder than it should be.

If you’ve ever found yourself doing this, too, your busy schedule keeping you from enjoying each day, consider these tips:

  • Slow down. You can’t do everything. When you say “no” to one thing, you say “yes” to something else.
  • Identify what gives you energy and what drains your energy.  Look for ways to do more things you enjoy and to trim the drainers.
  • Be clear about What’s Most Important in your life. Schedule time for family and friends, to take a trip, learn something new or enjoy a hobby. If time with children or grandchildren is a priority, put it on your calendar, so that it doesn’t slip away.
  • Don’t panic when you get swamped. Allow yourself a “get-it-done-hour” and focus on your to-do list, checking off as many things as you can. 
  • Be aware of how much time you spend on distractions, such as online wandering.  We waste a lot of time on things that don’t matter, neglecting more important or enjoyable activities.
  • Deal with nagging problems. Often you can take care of small hassles more simply than you realize.  Make a list of issues you deal with again and again. Pick the one that slows you down the most and find a solution.

Have lots of fun along the way, and don’t make life harder than it needs to be. I’d love to hear your tips on how to slow down and enjoy each day more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR…Author Judy Christie loves to help busy people slow down and enjoy each day more – in her series of novels about Green, Louisiana, and her Hurry Less Worry Less nonfiction books. Judy started her writing career as the editor of The Barret Banner in elementary school and has kept a journal since she was nine (and still has all of them). She likes wandering around flea markets, walking in the park near her North Louisiana home and visiting friends and family on her vintage green Kitchen Couch. Her most recent books are Downtown Green, fifth in the Green series, and Hurry Less Worry Less for Moms.

For Judy’s free tips on how busy moms can hurry less and worry less, listen to her weekly podcast: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hurry-less-worry-less/id435253514.

Visit her website at www.judychristie.com, Twitter  and the Official Tour Page.

HurryLessWorryLessforMoms

Busy moms know the feeling. They’re constantly trying to fit everything – work, laundry, family fun, shuttle service, you name it – into 24-hours. They want to enjoy each day with their family but sometimes feel like they’re in quicksand and don’t know how to get started on a new path.

Author Judy Christie offers hope, inspiration, practical ideas and reminders of how important it is to step back and take a fresh look at your life in Hurry Less, Worry Less for Moms. The book includes a study guide for group or individual use.

Take a deep breath and refresh your life or that of a busy mom you know with chapters such as: A Map for Mom: Being the person you are meant to be; Organization versus Procrastination; Prayerful Not Fretful; and Making Choices, Facing Changes.

BUY THE BOOK… Amazon | Kindle Store | Barnes & Noble

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS… We’re giving away ONE copy of HURRY LESS WORRY LESS FOR MOMS by Judy Christie to a lucky reader of this post. This giveaway is open to those with a US/Canadian mailing address and runs through the month of May. Winners will be notified as a reply to their post comment (email does go out when there is a reply on their original comment), on The Book Faery Reviews Facebook Page, and within the RSS feed email that goes out Monday-Friday. Winners are typically announced within a couple of days after the end of the month.

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  • Maureen

    I do agree with dealing with nagging problems.  It is often easier than the stress of putting it off.

  • Ellie

    Her list is so true and valid.   Avoid dealing with things that drain your energy and concentrate on important and positive matters.

  • Anne

    The priority of spending time with family or travel is one that I can recognize and follow. These are memorable and should be followed. Special and memorable.

  • Bn100candg

    I think those are great tips. The internet is a big distraction.

  • Mindy Wall

    I recommend that all busy moms get this book.  I didn’t listen when my body told me to take a break and I ended up getting really sick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600513502 Ladette Collins Kerr

    “Identify what gives you energy and what drains your energy.  Look for ways to do more things you enjoy and to trim the drainers.”I really like that quote.  We don’t realize it, but when we HAVE to do stuff that we don’t enjoy it is draining.  Say NO!!

  • Marjorie

    Slow down and lower your expectations.