How to Make More Out of Less
By Sandy Schroeder
Making more out of less may sound like a twist on reality, but it actually makes sense in the world that we live in. As we move from summer into fall, the pace picks up and sometimes questions come up. You may wonder how it got to be so busy, or if everything that you are doing makes sense. Usually it does, but sometimes it’s good to pause and take a break to decide what’s really important. Here are a few top-of-the-list contenders to consider.
Get Together with Family
As school, business and social schedules vie for dates, consider setting aside one night a week to shut down all of the phones, and just sit and talk about what is going on with everyone. Kids may be overloaded with new school stuff. You may have a dozen new projects, and your spouse may be trying to figure out her schedule. Listen, and help each other with suggestions. You may be amazed at how much you learn about your kids’ lives with many details that could be missed. That’s what families are for.
Reach Out to Help Others
Set aside one weekend each month to help somebody in your community. Ask your kids to be watching for people or creatures that need help. Kids are often quick to spot people in need. Make it a weekend project to show up and help with hands-on effort, donations and time. You may have a dog, cat or marine center that would welcome assistance. They can always use supplies, and they will welcome the kids’ attention. There may be seniors in your neighborhood that would love a visit. Libraries can always use extra hands and donations. Or there may be a hospital nearby with a children’s ward that could use a visit. Make the effort and enjoy the results.
Do Something Just for Fun
Sometimes our society posts too many “have to” lists and we forget to just have fun. If your kids love their bikes or being in the water, take the weekend and do it all. Bike to the park, go swimming or kayaking. If you love to camp, do a weekend getaway and head for your favorite spot. Or maybe barbecuing and hanging out around the pool works best. Forget about clocks and deadlines and just enjoy the moment. When I do this, I cannot believe how relaxed I am at the end of the weekend.
This is just a starter list. Your version of “more from less” may involve travel, crafts, hobbies, or something else that is near and dear to you. Take the time to savor the results.
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