Do you ever stop to think about the significance of the interruptions you face every day. It is easy to plan out your day – you have so much on your to-do list. And then one of your children is having an emotional day and everything is hard. By morning tea they have a melt-down. Then another child has attitude. Another doesn’t know what to do with themselves and wanders around the house just wanting screen-time. Each child, each situation interrupts your focus.
I had such a day yesterday.
In my head I totally understand the significance of pausing, down-tools, and focusing on my child. But at the same time it is an interruption. Interruptions are by nature a change in what was happening, unplanned, and often inconvenient.
But most interruptions that happen in my day are about my children’s heart. Their heart is their beliefs, their character, their will and their passions. Their heart needed encouragement, correction, or instruction. How could I possibly see that as an interruption!
Maybe I’ve got it all wrong – instead of my children interrupting my to-do list, really my to-do list is interrupting my primary focus: my children.
[Tweet “It’s not about my kids interrupting my to-do but rather my to-do interrupting time with my kids.”]
It is good to remind myself of the significance of interruptions.
Probably the biggest thing that pressures us to not remember this is our unchecked to-do list. There have been times over the years where I’ve reflected on my day and in order to feel as if I have achieved something I started to note the things I did do instead of looking at my unchecked to-do list. In doing this I started to see all those interruptions for what they really were. (And this is what I needed to remind myself of yesterday!)
Do you get frustrated by all the interruptions? Do you think if you started to see how many were about your kids hearts that it would alleviate some of your frustration? Or at least help you get perspective? I hope so.
Over to you:
How do you handle interruptions to your day? What’s your best tip?