A friend shared with me an article from this e-book*, and it really struck me.
Focusing on one task means that you simply choose one. Forget thirty. Forget ten. Choose one thing that you can do and do it…
One is a powerful number.
She goes on to describe a few scenes that could have come straight from my home. Scary and reassuring, actually.
One idea I never really fully considered though is in how I choose the one thing I focus on doing next.
When you are able, choose the one thing that makes the biggest impact. I know you can’t always do this…
However, when you have the opportunity to start with that, do it.
Take housecleaning for example. The one task in house keeping that makes the biggest impact for me is picking up all the clutter in the main living spaces. Long time ago, I gave up on the picture-perfect (and even slightly attempted) organized play room. I have a bin in the living room to throw everything into that doesn’t belong in the living room. I take that to the kids room when it is full, dump it on the floor, and charge the kids with the task of putting their things away. It takes many days, and I often step in to help here and there. The point is that my main living spaces are not cluttered.
Even knowing this, I often choose to start the laundry or tackle the dishes first. Then, I look around exhausted and feel overwhelmed by all the clutter. For me, I need to start with the clutter.
The author, Jenny Herman, had a pretty cool blog which also had a nifty “The Power of One”** compilation. Fantastic stuff.
One final thought that keeps resonating with me is when Jenny Herman wrote:
Focusing on one does us no good if we are going it in our own strength. We need to look to God for our strength.
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
I can do ONE thing through Christ who strengthens me.
I can do ONE MORE thing through Christ who strengthens me.
Just keep going.
One thing at a time.
* The e-book was linked, but that link is no longer available. I believe it was called “Well Planned Homeschool Avoiding Common Back to School Mistakes.”
** The blog post is no longer in existence, but she now has a book on Amazon for $3. I haven’t purchased it, and this is not an affiliate link.