I’ve shared about my morning routine. My morning time helps me tune my heart to God, get His plans for my day and organize my activities so I can get more done with less effort. They’re the equivalent of a wonderful daily retreat. But a daily retreat isn’t enough for me.
I’ve found that I need to step back every week and evaluate what I’ve done and what I’m doing to make sure I stay on track.
Today I want to tell you about my Weekly Retreat.
Why Take a Weekly Retreat
I am very easily distracted. For example. Um. Yeah.
It’s vital to step back regularly and evaluate if what we’re doing is actually what we should be doing. Having a morning routine helps a bit, but that time is usually just focused on the day at hand.
We need a larger chunk of time when we can look at our overall activities and decide whether they line up with our goals and mission statement.
So every Saturday morning from 5:30am – 10:30am I go to a local coffee shop to plan my week.
I LOVE this time. This is my lifeblood. An opportunity to step back, review what I did last week and what I’ll do next week. An extended period of peace and quiet when I can focus, plan and brainstorm.
I really enjoy being up and out so early that time itself is a point of conversation with the other poor souls who have also forsaken the comfort of their beds for a greater purpose. I love watching the sunrise from a cozy chair with my journal in one hand and a cup of tea in the other.
The best thing about a weekly retreat is that when you’re refreshed and prepared for the coming week, you AND your family benefit.
What To Do During Your Weekly Retreat
Here’s a sample of what I do during my weekly time:
- Pray and journal
- Menu Plan and Calendar Review
- Create shopping list
- Blog Post Planning
- Organize to-do list – Select projects and tasks for the week.
- Inbox zero – processing and reply to emails and try to get my inbox to zero
Basically, this is the time to do things that require concentration and focus. Because, if your house is like mine, it might be the only chance all week to have complete, uninterrupted thoughts.
Where To Retreat
Not many places are open at 5:30am, so coffee shops and convenience stores are pretty much my only options.
So, yeah, I frequent Starbucks a lot.
I start my time as soon as I get in the car and put on some worship music. When I get to the coffee shop I spend time reading, praying, journaling and brainstorming.
Once the caffeine kicks in, I start replying to emails, planning and writing.
I rarely have several hours of completely uninterrupted time, so I do my best to complete each task before I move on.
How To Get Your Own Weekly Retreat
I have an amazing husband. He sacrifices sleeping in on Saturdays to take care of the kids so I can get away.
I realize that not everyone has a husband who is willing or able to allow you to get away each week, so here are some ideas you might use to make sure you get time away:
1. â€¨Trade each week with another mom. One week, she watches your kids, the next week, you watch her kids.
2. Family – â€¨If you have family in town, pehaps they’d be willing to watch the kids one morning or evening each week.
3. Early Morning Cartoons – â€¨If there’s no one who can watch your kids, perhaps you could wake up early get breakfast all ready for the kids and queue up their favorite cartoons. You should be able to snag an hour or so this way. I promise it won’t make their eyes square.
4. School or MDO – if your kids are in school or mother’s day out, and you don’t have that time allotted for anything specific, that’s the perfect time to get in a little retreat.
A peaceful and refreshing home required a peaceful and refreshed mother. If you’re exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed, your home will reflect that. There are a thousand reasons not to have a weekly retreat, but the benefit of finding a way to steal away for that small chunk of time each week is amazing. It’s wonderful greet Monday feeling focused, refreshed and prepared for the week to come.
Action Step: Talk to your spouse or a friend today about scheduling a weekly retreat time.
Community question: What would be your ideal weekly retreat spot?
If you want to read more about weekly retreats, Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking has a great post about how she does her weekly planning. While you’re there, be sure to read my guest post last week – Get A Chef, A Maid and A Nanny By Creating Effective RoutinesLeave a Comment