. Functional Chaos
My dearest friends, during the holidays we are going to be in a mode of “functional chaos”. Most of us will have a disruption in our regular routines with people, food, and activities out of the norm. This is all fun and good….well, it can be!
Use Functional Chaos
But it is up to you and I to understand and incorporate the concept of functional chaos into our routines. This means that first thing every morning we are going to get up and get ready for the day. Yes, (except for a rare exception like Christmas morning and New Year’s Day) get yourself ready for the day before you emerge to meet the needs of your immediate family, guests, relatives, and friends.
Have Habits to Springboard Day
This means doing whatever personal habits springboard you for a “good” day, like scripture study, journaling, a bit of exercise, a shower, some lipstick, a brush through your beautiful hair, and some bright, happy clothes!
Meet Others’ Needs
Then with yourself all in order, you can meet the needs of others. You might even have time to tackle the undone laundry, the dishes which didn’t get done after last night’s snack, the front room mess from a fun game of charades, and the snow pack on your front porch.
May your enjoy this holiday season as you back off a rigorous routine and enjoy every leisurely experience, but may you still find order in your personal life so you can function at your highest level. Remember. First you, then him/her (if you are so lucky to have one of these in your life), and then them. Keep yourself functional even though both you and I know that it is going to be a bit chaotic.
Find more helpful ideas in my House of Order Handbook.
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