Last time, we built our routines. This time, we are going to start working on the bones of the notebook. If you were following along with the Mother’s Rule of Life book study, you probably already have much of this information in one form or another. This is going to be your go-to book for everything you need to do or reference regularly to run your household efficiently.
The first section is the most important but also, probably the easiest because there is only one thing to be concerned with–your relationship with God. The very first thing you need is a prayer plan. Again, if you followed along with the MROL book study, you remember that I linked to this Mother’s Liturgy of the Hours workbook sample page from Holly Pierlot. This is the perfect page to set up the prayer that you will do in a day, what type and where. If you are not currently praying, aim for 5 minutes in the AM, 15 in the middle of the day, and 5 minutes in the PM. Add 5 minutes to each session monthly and in 3 months, you will be tithing your time, too!
I also read somewhere that you should focus your spiritual study to your 5 favorite subjects. Once you start living and loving your faith, it’s easy to spread yourself too thin and dilute your efforts. My personal top 5 topics are:
- Living my vocation (wife & mother)
- Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Studies & books that incorporate the Daily Liturgy
- The Liturgical Year and activities to make a domestic church
Other things you could include in the prayer section of your household notebook are:
- Prayer Requests
- Prayer Journal (prayers requested & answered)
- Religious Item Wish List (books, icons, etc.)
- Schedules (mass, adoration, bible studies, confession, etc.)
- Practices you would like to incorporate NOW
- Future wish lists for a different season of life (i.e. when it’s a good time for the family)
- Virtues you would like to cultivate
- Notes for spiritual direction
The goal of this exercise is to STREAMLINE your home and make it MORE organized, not less. If an area doesn’t apply, don’t clutter your notebook with it. Ideally, this will be your go to resource. As such, if you don’t use it, pull it out! It should be easy to cull this section if you are using it frequently.
Next time, we will address the section of your notebook dedicated to personal items.
What types of things would you/do you include in this section of your binder?