Assigning tasks to my maids, easy right?
15 She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.
-Proverbs 31:15 AMPC
My previous post addresses how I have approached rising while it is yet night and my morning routine for getting spiritual food for myself (which allows me to provide spiritual food for my family). This post is going to talk about how I have approached assigning tasks to my “maids” and a challenge that comes with a pile of tasks.
First, can I just say that there are some modern technologies that I love and am very thankful for! A few of those have become my maids.
Yes, I’m talking about household appliances.
Back when Proverbs 31 was written, some women would have maids to help with household chores and upkeep. The woman of virtuous character in this passage was very fortunate to be a woman with maids and servants to help her get her work done; no doubt this afforded her the luxury of being able to complete all the tasks as outlined in the verses.
I do not have this luxury, but I do have the luxury of running water, a dishwasher, fridge, stove, and laundry machines.
These “maids” of mine get their workout daily to help prepare and keep food and to help with the cleaning. Yes, I do have to assist in these tasks, but many of my tasks would take much, much longer without them. For this reason, I consider them my maids. Most of the time, they do their tasks without complaining (but even technology revolts), which I suppose is definitely a perk.
Beyond this amazing technology, the rest falls to my lot. The biggest thing I find that helps me live this part of scripture is my planner. I am able to break down the list of chores and divide it to various days to keep things from becoming overwhelming.
Overwhelm. This is my weakness.
I do not function well at all as soon as I am overwhelmed. This is where I find the necessity to plan. To break things down into really small tasks. To form routines. To be flexible. Each week has a list of chores that should be done on various days. If I keep up with the tasks, they become super easy and quick as the need for a good deep clean slowly disappears and fades into maintaining cleanliness.
Each day is micromanaged with the most important tasks that need to be done followed by the rest. This allows me to experience grace. If the day is going poorly, I have three tasks I want to perform. As long as those get done, everything will be okay and I allow myself to be content with just the important parts of my list.
My lists encompass everything in our days, from doctor appointments, to chores, to food preparations, to scheduling, to things I’m delegating to my husband and girls (I keep a mighty fine list for my husband which keeps him busy and out of trouble – *insert slightly mischievous, mostly loving laughter here!*). Anything and everything is on my list. It keeps me sane and also allows me to add as things come up.
When I use my planner, nothing gets missed.
When I stop using my planner, overwhelm kicks in again. Nothing gets done and I forget everything, or next to everything. We miss appointments and it’s not a good time.
I know that it works best for me and my family, but even still, I neglect my planner for months at a time and nothing gets done.
With assigning tasks, the biggest thing to note is that a lot of grace is needed. If things don’t get done, the world likely won’t end tomorrow. Have faith that it will eventually get done and take care of your well being first. When the wife of noble character is looked after and on her game, she can perform her duties best.
Read more: Why grace is the secret to planning.
Are you assigning tasks for your days?
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Feel free to comment below with any tips and/or tricks you use for assigning tasks, how I can pray for you, or any other comments!