Usually I'm against compartmentalizing my life. Christ should be the center of my life not only on Sunday, but all through the week, both at home and at work, for example. But I've started to discover the order that comes when I compartmentalize on a smaller scale. I suppose it's really scheduling.
This is something I really need in my day - order. First, play with the kids, read them books, cook meals and clean house. Then (while the kids are sleeping), I can have my bloggy time. I need this sort of compartmentalization to set boundaries. It's too easy for me to get over-caught up in this online world. Compartmentalizing it to "when the kids are sleeping" helps me not ignore the kids. It also helps me to teach the kids to help with housework, since I want it all done by the time they're in bed :)
Charlotte Mason recommends this same sort of thing for kids (scheduling each activity or school subject for about 15-20 minutes, then doing something different). Here's how we use this concept to have the kids help with housework. We set the timer for 15 minutes. That's "clean up" time. We clean up one room, then do something else (like an art project). A while later, we set the timer again and clean up a different room. Sometime during the day, each room usually gets at least picked up. Does it keep the house clean? No. But it does keep it to a sort-of manageable state. And that's good enough for me.
Using the timer, and forcing myself to stay off the computer when it's "play with the kids time" makes my day simpler and happier.
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