Elisabeth Elliot is often quoted in homemaking blogs for her profound statement to “do the next thing.” As homemakers, we easily get overwhelmed by all we have to do, that we do nothing. The exhortation to “do the next thing” is a good one, because it asks us to break free from this debilitating feeling by picking one thing and doing it. It forces us into forward motion.
sometimes I don’t know what the “next thing” is.
I know I’m supposed to do the next thing, but there are so many “next things,” I don’t know where to start!
That is why I make a “Next Thing” List.
When life overwhelms and it seems hundreds of things are screaming for my attention, I make a list. I put everything that is in my head on paper. I look around me and write down everything I think needs to be done. No holds barred.
And then, I decide. What is the next thing?
It is easier for me to see what the next thing is rather than try to silence the screaming in my head long enough to think rationally and calmly. I write it all down and then begin the therapeutic checking off of items as I do them.
This might explain why notepads make me giddy. If only I could keep them out of the hands of doodling toddlers!
So, what’s your next thing?