Making Preparations Is Better Than Making Plans
We all know that we could plan every detail of our lives, and it would do no good. Flexibility is really a vital part of survival in this life at home, in school, with life circumstances, and even a grocery store run! Although we need to be cautious to not make too many plans, making preparations is an entirely different thing.
My daughter Olivia and I have a small business we have fun with, as a hobby of sorts. She has learned some great aspects of running a business, and so have I! We create kits for crafting that are a busy mom’s dream. With pre-cut supplies and instructions to follow, these little kits have sure made it easier for families to enjoy some hands-on craft time around the table. In order to be able to make this work, we have had to learn to prepare ahead of time. And we have also learned what happens when we do not!
Aside from that being a little advertisement to share our kits with your family as well, I feel as both a mom and an entrepreneur there are certain things that set us up for success and even failure. It has taken this physical business to show me a more tangible way that well-thought-out preparations give us a method of action in whatever we are attempting to accomplish. A key to this is using your time wisely. I know with me, I have really had to arrange and re-arrange my schedule to what fits with school time, chore time, out-of-the-house time and everything else we try to accomplish. A few simple concepts can make a big difference. We are learning, for instance, that when you go upstairs, take one thing with you. When you come back down, see if anything needs to come. When I set aside quiet time, that is a pre-planned time for specific quiet goals. I also try to prepare these goals at the beginning of each week, with one or two items to take care of per day. As far as our crafting goes, I have really learned to do some cutting while I am sitting for student math. Preparing parts and pieces ahead of the assembly day sure does make things much smoother when we are completing orders.
I encourage you to brainstorm your uses of time to give yourself a better amount of quality time when you dive into your project or item of choice. If you do this before you begin your week, for example, there will be solid goals to accomplish. Ask yourself, “What could I prepare ahead of time to honor my time wisely in the moment?” When you make preparations, you are setting yourself up for success in your day-to-day life. We seek the Lord for His plans, and He provides us with minds to make best use of the time we have been blessed with.
Hi! Laura here, enjoying writing, crafting, baking and outdoor time with my kiddos! Growing up in East TN, I am drawn to the mountains and anything with trees and woods. I am a novice gardener and enjoy experimenting with what will grow in our area. Speaking of, my little family of 4 currently lives right outside Atlanta, GA with our coonhound Dixie. My daughter Olivia (9 years old) and I have incorporated a side business into our school time, making kits for families to get back to hands-on craft time! I look forward to sharing some of our craft ideas and other creative thoughts with you! Link to our Facebook page:
*This is a public group that should be available in the facebook search bar when typing: Kit Crafts*