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Filling the Time Jar

Time Jar | Life Hacks | Time Management Tip | Priorities | Life Goals

After three years of balancing stay-at-home-motherhood with building my own business, my daily routine was well established. I started early—usually around 4 a.m.—so that I could get at least four or five uninterrupted hours of work in before the kids woke up. I am at my best in the morning, so those quiet pre-dawn hours were always the most productive. The rest of the morning was spent tidying the house and then homeschooling. After a late lunch, the girls would settle in their room for a quiet time and I would get sneak in another hour or two of work before starting dinner or rushing off to all those afternoon activities. Every day was jam-packed and I was often exhausted, but the routine was set and it was mine.

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And then my husband left his job to become a stay-at-home dad. Suddenly my carefully regimented routine was turned upside down. Having him at home was a major goal we had been working towards for years, one we had talked at length about beforehand, and a change we really, truly wanted to make for our family. I thought I was prepared. I thought I was ready.

I was so not ready.

The reality of having Chuck home and in my space all the time was so much harder than I had ever imagined. For months I just felt “off.” I would try to wake up early, but then he would wake up too. I would sit at my desk to work, but almost instantly get distracted. Sometimes it was the noise around me, other times it was email or Pinterest or the latest status update on Facebook. I began spending an inordinate amount of time glued to my laptop or phone, but I wasn’t really accomplishing anything. To make matters worse, the more time I spent “working,” the more frustrated my husband became. You’re always on the computer, he would say. You’re here but you’re not present. We need you to engage.

Though I didn’t want to admit it, I knew, deep down, that he was right. My life was out of whack. I lacked a clear direction and focus, and as a result I was wasting far too much time on the things that didn’t matter at all, and not finding any time for the things that did. Something had to give.

Filling the Time Jar

It wasn’t the first time in my life I’ve devolved from competent go-getter to utter disaster, seemingly overnight. Unfortunately I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. I think we all suffer from these “slumps” once in a while, those days or weeks or months where we feel completely overwhelmed and hopelessly unproductive. We all have those moments where it feels like no matter what we do, we simply can’t pull ourselves together or get caught up. The treadmill is moving just a little too fast and there are one—or ten—too many things pulling us in all directions. The demands and stresses of the everyday become just a bit too much to bear, so we start looking for a way to escape. We respond by getting distracted, wasting time, and procrastinating the things that are most important. This, of course, creates a vicious cycle, because the more we procrastinate and allow ourselves to be distracted, the more behind and more overwhelmed we feel.

Time Jar | Life Hacks | Time Management Tip | Priorities | Life GoalsPerhaps you are even feeling like this right now.

There is a very famous story about a professor who held up a jar of rocks to his class. Perhaps you’ve heard it, but it bears repeating.  He asked them, is this jar full?  They all agreed that it was.  Then he took a bag of small pebbles and poured it into the jar.  The pebbles filled in the space around the jar and he asked, now is it full?  Everyone again said yes.  He then took a bag of sand and poured it into the jar.  The sand filtered through the rocks and pebbles until all the space was filled.  What about now, he asked, do you think it is full?  For the third time the class said yes.  Finally he took a pitcher of water and poured the water into the jar until it was all the way to the brim and began spilling over the top.  Now, he said, we can say the jar is really full.  He then asked his class an important question:  Do you think, he said, if I had started with the water, then the sand, and then the pebbles, there would still be room for the rocks?

If we think of our lives and our time as a jar of rocks the illustration is pretty clear.  We have to fill it with the big stuff first, before we tackle the easy and the mundane.

Although I had heard that illustration before, this time, as I was searching for a solution to my time management issues, it stuck.  I started applying that strategy to my life.  Almost immediately I started getting more done in less time, and having more time to do the things I really wanted to, like swimming with my kids, going on date nights with my husband, and spending more time with friends.

Time Jar | Life Hacks | Time Management Tip | Priorities | Life GoalsThese five simple steps can change your life:

Step One: List Your Priorities

You can’t prioritize your time if you aren’t clear–even if just to yourself–about what is most important to you.  Is it your family?  Your spouse?  Serving your church or community?  Getting your blood pressure under control or losing 50 pounds?  Is it finishing your degree?  Getting your house in order or remodeled or ready to sell?  Getting in shape or training to run a marathon?  Getting a promotion or establishing your own business?  Getting your budget under control, paying off all your debt, or establishing an emergency fund?

Your priorities can and will change based on your season of life, but the first step in taking control of your time is determining what matters most right now. Take ten minutes to write down the 5-10 things that are most important to you in the season of life you are in right now.  Don’t base them on how you have been spending your time, but on what actually matters most to you.

Time Jar | Life Hacks | Time Management Tip | Priorities | Life GoalsStep Two: Set Specific Goals

Close your eyes and imagine your life in detail five years from now.  Where do you live?  Where do you work?  What is your job title?  What do you look like?  What does your house look like?  How much money do you have in the bank?  Where did it come from?  What is your relationship with your kids and spouse?  How do you spend time together?  What do you do in your free time?  What are your hobbies?  Where do you volunteer?  Spend a few minutes day-dreaming about what your ideal life would look like five years from now, then write it down.

With this vision of the distant future fresh in your mind, it is time to set your long term goals.  List five major things you would like to accomplish by this time next year.  Be as specific as possible.  Use dates and locations and quantifiable goals whenever possible.  Thus, if you want to run a marathon, write down which marathon on what date.  If your goal is to read more, write down how many books, or better yet, how many fiction, non-fiction, biography, etc.  Don’t list more than five or you might forget some of them.

With your long term vision and goals in place, give some thought to your short term goals.  What is it that you want to get done in the next month?  Is there any small chunk of your long term goals that you could do right away?  Set five manageable goals for the things you would like to accomplish in the next month, then repeat this process every 30 days.

Step 3: Eat That Frog

I read a book a few years ago that totally changed the way I approached my daily task list.   It was called Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done by Brian Tracy.  It got its name from a quote by Mark Twain, who famously once said something to the effect of “if you eat a frog for breakfast, chances are that will be the worst thing you have to do all day.”  The point of the quote—and the book—was that if you start your day by tackling your hardest but most important tasks, even if you don’t do that much for the rest of the day, you will still have accomplished a lot.

Life moves fast and it is really, really easy to get sucked into mundane–though essential–tasks of the everyday.  We spend our time putting out fires or escaping into the time-wasting vortex of social media and email.  It all seems so important, so urgent, but before we know it, we’ve spent the whole day reacting to other people rather than proactively reaching our own goals.

My own life changed dramatically when changed the order in which I completed my task list.  Most importantly, I stopped checking email first thing in the morning, and instead focused those first few hours of my day on long-term projects and goals.  As a result, my productivity skyrocketed and I was finally able to start accomplishing the things I really wanted to.

Time Jar | Life Hacks | Time Management Tip | Priorities | Life GoalsStep 4: Reset Your Habits

I read another book recently called The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business that has also greatly impacted how I structure my day.  One of the many interesting points the book made is that our brains are wired to form habits.  These habits can become good or bad, but once something has become a true habit, a different part of our brain takes over and we begin to perform that particular habit on autopilot.  This means we no longer have to use mental energy to perform the task, which leaves our brain free to focus on getting other things done.

I used to get frustrated with myself because it seemed like I would start out my day so well, but at the end I would just fizzle, with no energy left to put towards any sort of productive endeavor.  After reading this book, I realized that because my willpower in a given day is limited, the more good habits I create for myself, the more willpower and energy I will have leftover to use towards other things.

I decided to make a list of the things I wanted to do automatically every morning.  My list included drinking a glass of water, planning my day over a cup of coffee, having personal devotion & prayer time, then writing for at least 90 minutes.  After several weeks of doing this every day, I finally stopped thinking about it.  I would find myself in the kitchen drinking my water before I was even fully awake.  It takes almost no effort to get my day started off right, and at the end of my writing session, when I take a morning break, I still feel refreshed and ready to conquer the rest of my day.

Time Jar | Life Hacks | Time Management Tip | Priorities | Life GoalsStep 5: Eliminate the Unessential

I think for me getting rid of the things I don’t really need to be doing is probably the hardest part.  Everyone has a few time fillers they could probably eliminate from their day, whether it be baking something from scratch when it could be store-bought, spending an hour watching TV or drooling over Pinterest, or even taking on a few too many commitments.

This is where the priority list and goal setting becomes so important!  If when you look at your day, you find that much of your time is filled with things that don’t match up to your priorities or your most important goals, then something has to give.  Start small–eliminate 3-5 things in your life that are taking up time but not adding much value.  Just stop doing them.  Yes, I know it is easier said than done, but making a conscious decision paves the way for change.

Time Jar | Life Hacks | Time Management Tip | Priorities | Life Goals

157 Comments

  1. Darlene
    September 3 at 09:37AM

    This was exactly what I needed to read this morning! Ever since school started I have just felt like I can’t quite get my act together with all the schedules and activities. I just feel like I have been spinning in circles. I can’t wait to get started on my workbook. Thanks for the motivation!!!

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 3 at 10:03AM

      You’re welcome Darlene! Keep me posted on your progress! 🙂

    • Anonymous
      September 26 at 08:28AM

      Me Too!

  2. June
    September 3 at 09:51AM

    Thank you. How long does it take to get the workbook?

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 3 at 10:03AM

      It can take up to an hour, but let me know if it has been longer than that! 🙂

  3. Swetha
    September 3 at 10:09AM

    Making a list of priorities and doing it first in the morning every day is the best way to manage time. This is actually a take away point for me from your blog Ruth.

    I had been reading a lot on time management and techniques to achieve it and another interesting read was that – to check the emails while standing up or taking rest, which actually makes sense. Moreover, the blog owner suggested me to use Replicon timekeeping software – http://www.replicon.com which actually does a great job in tracking my time.

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 3 at 02:31PM

      I will check it out, thanks Swetha!

  4. September 3 at 10:42AM

    The posting of this was terrific timing for me, Ruth. My husband used to feel like yours did – rightly so. After much soul-searching and going through steps 1 & 2, I left full-time teaching to reclaim my life. I’ve made great progress on my priorities: plugged back into my church, changed eating/exercise habits to the tune of 20 lost pounds, and spent more quality time with family and friends. All good. But it is easy to let a lot of nothings eat up time that I can’t get back, so today I will revisit the bigger plan. Time to make sure I’m keeping the main things the main things! 🙂

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 3 at 02:30PM

      Wow Natine, it sounds like you are definitely on the right track! Love it!

  5. September 3 at 10:44AM

    PS. I taught on line, and I used to send my procrastinating students this short Eat That Frog video to help motivate them: http://play.simpletruths.com/movie/eat-that-frog/

  6. Rosa
    September 3 at 05:29PM

    Could I have a copy, pl? I am subscribed yet 🙂 thanks in advance, Ruth

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 4 at 12:12PM

      Just sent it to you!

  7. September 3 at 08:02PM

    This is something I am definitely working on, particularly prioritizing. I know what needs to be a priority but all the other stuff gets in the way. I’ve made some commitments to myself to work on step 5 first because once the junk is out of the way, I can focus on 1-4.

    These are all great tips and suggestions!

  8. September 3 at 11:11PM

    I love this! I tried entering my email for the workbook, but since I’m already subscribed it wouldn’t let me =( Any way around this??

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 4 at 12:16PM

      Just sent it to your email, Anna!

  9. Ashly
    September 4 at 10:33AM

    I loved this post. How do I go about getting the workbook if I am already subscribed?

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 4 at 12:05PM

      You should have it in your inbox now!

  10. September 4 at 12:20PM

    Hmm… this is what I needed to read. I have a tendency to do the little things and then never get around to the bigger things. BTW, I love your blog!

  11. Lil
    September 4 at 10:15PM

    A great article and perfect timing… My first year with all kids in full day school and I really need to focus on how to organize my days now that I am no longer tending to their needs the majority of the day. I especially need to work on my long term goals! I will definitely start implementing some of these tips. So glad I found your blog!

  12. Julie
    September 5 at 02:36PM

    Hi Ruth…I subscribed to your blog a couple of hours ago…now I can’t get your workbook, because I’m already subscribed! Bad timing! Would you send it to me? Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 6 at 06:31PM

      Check your email, Julie – just sent it!

  13. Karen
    September 14 at 10:55PM

    Thank you for the workbook, Ruth! It has helped get me re-energized for my projects. It was very helpful to have writing space with each step.

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 15 at 01:29PM

      You’re welcome Karen! I’m so glad it was helpful for you!

  14. October 6 at 01:08AM

    I’m already subscribed – would you mind sending me a copy of the workbook?

    Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup
      October 7 at 10:48AM

      Sarah, you should have it in your email now. 🙂

  15. Anonymous
    October 21 at 06:03PM

    I subscribed, but the workbook download is not working for some reason. Would you email me another copy?

    Thank you,
    Robin

  16. Robin
    October 21 at 06:05PM

    I am anonymous, see above. Obviously my technical skills need improvement! Would you email me a copy of the workbook?

    Thank you,
    Robin

    • Ruth Soukup
      October 30 at 01:15PM

      Robin, I don’t seem to have access to your email address. Could you email admin@livingwellspendingless and request a copy there? Thanks!

  17. Tasha
    October 24 at 12:29PM

    I entered my email for the workbook but I haven’t received it yet! 🙁 I really enjoyed reading this! I could use all these ideas! Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup
      October 30 at 01:14PM

      Tasha, just sent it to your email!

  18. Terrye Lyne Toole
    October 25 at 11:20AM

    Great website! I work two jobs but have dozens of half started projects and multiple ideas in my head that are bursting to be done too. I’ve ordered the two books on amazon and look forward to your workbook!
    First goal is to make enough income to at least quit one of my jobs.
    Thanks

  19. October 28 at 04:19PM

    Hi Ruth! I came across your site by clicking through to it from a Pin on Pinterest (one of my unessential time sucks!!) but I’m so glad I found your site. I’ve been feeling unbalanced lately because I know I’m spending too much time on things that won’t help me reach my goals. Looking forward to receiving the workbook and also reading your ebook!

  20. Anonymous
    October 29 at 01:16AM

    I think it’s ridiculous that you’ve taken your children’s toys away, yet you’re sitting on the computer all day. It’s clear you spend copious amounts of money decorating their room, what makes you think this is any better than letting them have copious amounts of toys? Just because you don’t want to deal with clutter doesn’t mean it’s alright to take your kids’ toys away. I agree that toys should be put away after use, and my niece has zero trouble with this concept. You don’t have to strip your children of their beloved possessions to teach them order and responsibility. Why don’t you let your husband unplug your laptop and hide the battery and see how you deal without it? Why don’t you strip YOUR bedroom of all the decorations and see how happy and joyful you are? Why don’t you stop having photography sessions with your kids dolled up like Disney princesses? You say you’re simplifying and cutting down on excess but I think it’s all in your head. If you were simplifying, you wouldn’t be wasting your life on a blog. You’d be with your children. Stop trying to control everything. You can’t do it.

    • Audrey Dalley, CEO
      July 7 at 10:01AM

      Being anonymous certainly detracts from one’s credibility. I sincerely doubt your assertion that Ruth “sits in front of her computer all day.” It is, after all, how the lady makes a living – she is at work. Please read the posts about the children & their toys. It sounds as if you missed several key concepts. Enjoy your day.

    • December 2 at 08:07PM

      @Anonymous, I would hardly call that ridiculous! In fact, I wouldn’t call it ridiculous at all! You said, “Just because you don’t want to deal with clutter doesn’t mean it’s alright to take your kids’s toys away.” Well in fact, that’s EXACTLY what that means! Those children are living under HER roof. She can do whatever she wants. If her kids don’t obey the rules about cleaning up after themselves, then she can, and should, provide a punishment. You also said, “You don’t have to strip your children of their beloved possessions to teach them order and responsibility.” First off, let’s get rid of that drama. Their “beloved possessions” were undoubtedly supplied to them BY HER- as a privilege. If they can’t treat what they are given nicely, then as their mother, she ABSOLUTELY reserves the right to take that away from them. That’s called parenting, and she’s doing it RIGHT! Finally, as a reply to your comment “Why don’t you let your husband unplug your laptop and hide your battery and see how you deal without it,” I say this- her laptop that she WORKS on and is PRODUCTIVE on is not the same as children’s toys. I’m struggling to see any comparison there. Also, this entire post was about how she’s is trying to manage her time on her computer better, and I say good job for that! Besides, and most importantly and obviously, she is an ADULT. She doesn’t need someone telling her how to spend her time like kids would, and she ESPECIALLY doesn’t need that someone to be an anonymous commenter. Thanks. 🙂

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  22. November 16 at 11:42PM

    Thank you for posting this. I need a lot of help in the time management department! I’m hoping to put all of your advice to good use 🙂

  23. Rachael Lake
    November 17 at 08:33PM

    this worksheet would be so helpful to me, thank you so much!
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  24. Rachael Lake
    November 17 at 08:36PM

    Ewww I just read one of the comments up above. I am thankful for all of your great advice and try to establish many of the same things in my home. Some people are just miserable with themselves and their lives, it just sad!

  25. Erin
    November 19 at 10:34AM

    “Anonymous” has obviously missed the point.
    Yes, it is sad that some people are just miserable inside, and have to spew negativity onto some really positive advice.
    ‘anonymous’ = fearful of being known, and hiding behind that comment.

    On the brighter side of my comment, Thank you for putting Time Management in perspective that is simple! Working on myself/organizing while my baby sleeps! I agree with you, less toys because it let’s us use our imagination more.
    “Why buy the cow when you get the milk for free?!” And just imagine the whole farm! 🙂
    🙂

  26. Sarah
    December 12 at 05:06PM

    Hi ~ I didn’t get the guide sent to my email. Could you resend? sebunney@yahoo.com Thanks! 🙂 I really enjoyed this article.

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 31 at 10:20AM

      Check your email!

  27. December 18 at 06:46PM

    With only 24hours in every day, sometimes the allocation of jobs does require good time management. Filling the time jar is a great article. Thanks

  28. Rebecca
    December 30 at 02:19PM

    Please send me your workbook. Thank you for one of the best Pins on Pinerest.

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 31 at 10:19AM

      All you have to do is sign up by filling in the info in the post above. The workbook should be sent to you automatically. Please email admin@livingwellspendingless.com if you didn’t get it!

  29. Melissa
    December 31 at 03:04AM

    Great article but I never got the email. Could you re-send when you get a minute please?

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 31 at 10:04AM

      Just sent it!

  30. Andrea
    February 7 at 08:56AM

    Great post! I’m already subscribed — can you email the workbook please? Thanks!

  31. Kim
    February 26 at 08:59PM

    I would like the free goal setting workbook. I’ve tried to subscribe but the button doesn’t seem to work. Would love your newsletter too. Tnx

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 27 at 02:05PM

      Check your email, Kim – just sent it!

  32. Tina
    February 27 at 08:58AM

    Hi! Just signed up for your news letter and was checking on the book, then I realized this was from last year. *smack forehead* Is it still available?

  33. Anonymous
    March 3 at 11:35PM

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  34. March 7 at 09:11PM

    What a great article! Exactly what I needed to hear. I love how step by step it is. I’ll be implementing these things in my own life. Blogging is hard to do when you don’t have a system. So I really appreciate this outline.

  35. Nancy Hounshell
    April 18 at 02:56AM

    May I please have a copy of the free workbook?
    Thank you, nancy

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 18 at 09:53AM

      Just sent it to your e-mail! Enjoy 🙂

  36. T
    July 15 at 09:54PM

    The best post I have read in quite a while. I anxiously await the workbook. Take care.

  37. Jennifer
    September 3 at 12:05AM

    Do you have any suggestions for a married couple to combine a good list of long term and short term goals that unify their home, careers and parenting?

  38. September 4 at 01:04PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! One of my favorite books is EAT THAT FROG! I think it should be mandatory reading for every high school student and parent and employee and stay at home mom and coach etc!!!!
    You hit the nail on the head and gave me such a fabulous reminder!!!! Thanks you so so so so so much!!!! Pinning and featuring you on my fb page!

  39. September 15 at 07:30PM

    Friday night I was drowning in my lack of focus, a lack of focus that had been going on for sometime. I could not get anything “accomplished” and was doing late night “while the kids sleep” work. I stumbled upon this workbook via “The Thinking Closet” and completed the workbook Saturday. Some of the revelations were obvious I just didn’t have a plan to get out of my own way. Thank you so much! Its only been 2 days but I am starting my day much more efficiently and I didn’t have to scramble my way out of the house this morning. It feels so great to focus 30 minutes of my day on something I want to do (that’s also a life priority) and then move on to the other stuff. The workbook floats around the house with me and I’m excited to keep up with it.

  40. Erin
    September 29 at 06:25AM

    GreatArticle! Thanks!

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  43. October 13 at 12:46AM

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  44. November 1 at 12:04AM

    This website was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me.
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  45. Phoebe
    November 4 at 06:37AM

    Hi I would like to subscribe to your emails and get your goal setting ebook as well, could you please email it to me? Thanks!

  46. Grace
    November 10 at 01:59PM

    I love this, I can’t wait to start implementing! Is the 11 pg workbook still available? The link is not working for me.

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 11 at 11:17AM

      I just sent you a new link. Check your inbox! 🙂

  47. Aubrey
    November 11 at 05:05PM

    I know this is older;) but is this workbook still available? Thanks

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 12 at 08:52AM

      Yep, it is still available–just fill in the form and it will be sent directly to your inbox! 🙂

      • Aubrey
        November 13 at 08:06AM

        Maybe because I’m mobile but when I put my email and name in and hit submit nothing happens? Its OK though.

  48. Sara
    November 20 at 07:47PM

    Please send Goal Setting workbook, I’m going to give it a try. Say a prayer.
    Thanks

  49. Ericka
    November 21 at 05:33PM

    Hi! These tips look fantastic as I set up a study schedule for finals. I’ve tried signing up for weekly updates and getting the workbook, but it won’t let me click the “Submit” button.

  50. Wendy van den Cruijce
    November 27 at 04:48AM

    Hello, I just found this article ‘by accident’. Oh my god, it is like reading the story of my own life. I am definitely going to try this. Unfortunately the “submit” button doesn’t work. Is the workbook still available?
    Thank you so much,
    Wendy

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 28 at 11:18AM

      Please check your email. I just sent you a link! 🙂

      • Wendy van den Cruijce
        December 1 at 07:31AM

        Thank you very much! I am going to try my best to organise my life with the help of this workbook. Thanks!!!

  51. Lenze
    November 28 at 02:34PM

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  52. December 2 at 07:45PM

    So glad I saw this! I waste sooooo much valuable time on Pinterest, and it didn’t really seem like a big deal at first, but it’s gotten to the point where I don’t even do my schoolwork anymore. I’m nearly failing a class because I “don’t have time” to do the homework. Well, as it turns out, I have plenty of time, I just waste it doing unimportant things! (Ps, I found this post via Pinterest just a minute ago… Is this a sign??:) )

  53. December 2 at 07:48PM

    And I know you’ve been bombarded with this same question over and over from reading the above comments, but I can’t submit my workbook form either so if it’s still available, can you send it to me? 🙂

  54. Vanessa
    December 9 at 03:21PM

    Can you please email me the book please and thank you. Great post by the way! Vmteague@yahoo.com

  55. Cynthia
    December 10 at 09:01AM

    The link isn’t working to request the workbook.

  56. Barbara
    December 11 at 12:21PM

    please send me the goal setting workbook

  57. Jill
    December 13 at 10:02AM

    Can you please email me the book please and thank you for a wonderful article

  58. December 16 at 05:36PM

    What a great article! I definitely need help with time management-where were you all my life?!

    I tried to subscribe to your email and receive the workbook, but the submit button isn’s working. Can you send a workbook to judy.latemommy@gmail.com please?

    Thanks!

  59. Shelly
    December 20 at 09:56PM

    The submit button still doesn’t seem to be working. I would LOVE a copy of the workbook if you could send it! Thank you. 🙂

  60. December 20 at 11:48PM

    I would love a copy of the workbook, if you would be willing to email it! 🙂 Thank you for an inspiring post!

  61. Rene Kayler
    December 21 at 05:08PM

    I’m already subscribed. Could you please send me the workbook? I’ve been furiously taking down notes, getting ready for a big life change! Thanks!

  62. Samie
    December 22 at 03:07AM

    I would love to get your book. Your site is an answer to my prayers.

  63. Anonymous
    December 23 at 05:13AM
  64. Jessica
    December 28 at 01:23AM

    Please email me the time management workbook the submit button did not work. Thanks so much.

  65. Kisha Rodriguez
    December 28 at 09:54AM

    Can I be added to recieved the 11 page book. Please.

  66. Mary Jo
    December 31 at 02:50AM

    Thank you for this.

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  69. pam
    January 28 at 12:58PM

    Gee sounds like you read tooooo many books ha ha

  70. February 2 at 04:55PM

    You have no idea how much I was actually relieved to read this post yesterday. You sitting at the computer all day, but not accomplishing anything and your husband getting upset that you are getting nothing done. THAT is ME!!! I have struggled with this for entirely too long. I have prayed daily for God to help me focus on those things that He wants me to, but yet I know that I am sitting at the computer wasting time. Case in point, I think it took me about 45 minutes just to find this post that I knew I had just read yesterday. 🙁

    I am even on meds for ADD now, but I still sit at the computer wasting time instead of getting work done so that my kids will have 100% of me when they get home from school.

    I am really excited to start on your Goal Setting Workbook. Thank you so much for all of the great material your website offers, and for helping others realize “they are not the only one”.

  71. Heather
    February 4 at 09:44PM

    Hi Ruth,
    I love your blog and all of the great advice. I have signed up to receive your Goal Setting workbook twice and have not received it. I am truly looking forward to this and the video series.
    Thank You
    Heather

  72. February 20 at 09:09AM

    I really need to “eat a frog”, I’m a chronic procrastinator.

  73. April 26 at 04:42PM

    Ruth this is a great reminder to stay focused on your goals. I love the quotes you incorporated here too!! For me a great read to start the new week.

  74. Maria
    April 27 at 01:43AM

    Hi I’m interested to learn more about this workbook of time management. Thank you for sharing your valuable ideas.

  75. Maria
    April 29 at 08:11PM

    Just what I needed a good reality check ever sense I became a mother of 3 I cant seem to get it together I pray this helps

  76. Suzanne
    July 14 at 01:02AM

    Hi! Could I please get a copy of the checklist or workbook you’ve been sharing?
    Thank you so much!!!

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 14 at 10:55AM

      Hi Suzanne,
      I just sent you an email. 🙂

  77. September 22 at 09:52AM

    Thank you, Ruth. I always seem to stumble upon a great post from you just as it’s needed. i just gave notice at my full time job because there wasn’t any room left in my jar for anything else- hubby, kid, dogs, blog, friends, ME- and I decided that had to change. Thanks again.

  78. Mollie
    September 30 at 07:19AM

    great article, but I can’t download the workbook. Help please. Thanks.

    • Ruth Soukup
      October 1 at 07:05AM

      I just sent you an email. 🙂

  79. Toni
    December 30 at 09:44PM

    Thank you for emailing me the workbook.

  80. Melissa
    December 31 at 04:17PM

    I can’t download the workbook either, it says the page doesn’t exist. I hate to be a pain, but could you email it to me as well? Thank you!

  81. January 25 at 02:18PM

    I really love the Mark Twain quote about eating the frog! That is hysterical but really practical too!

  82. Esmeralda Ramahi
    May 17 at 11:22PM

    I didnt receive the free workbook above nor the cleaning workbook i paid for.

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