Just Do the Next Thing {A Fresh Start}

{ Fresh Start Series: Action Trumps Intention ~ The Mom Voice ~  Early to Bed, Early to Rise ~ Get Some Help ~ Try Something New ~ Say Yes! ~ Preparing for PregnancyBetter Late Than Never ~ Pick Five ~ Make Time for Family Fun ~ Breathe ~ The Most Important Meal Make a (Menu) Plan ~ Get Moving ~ The Family Dinner ~ Lighten Up ~ Go to Bed With a Clean Slate ~ Just Say No ~ Use It Up ~ Unplug ~ Do Over ~  Hydrate ~ Smile ~  Snack Smart ~ First, Gratitude }

A Fresh Start ~  from AmysFinerThings.com

Sometimes things don’t go as planned.  Sometimes the toddler wakes up when you do, soaked through and poopy.  And then while you’re scrambling to make breakfast for the family, he poops again.  In the bathtub. 

Sometimes the to-do list is buried in the reality of the day before 8:00.


Do the next thing.

It’s tempting sometimes to throw in the towel on a day before the sun is even overhead.  Don’t!  The day can be redeemed.  The best laid plans?  They may have to be pushed aside.  Focus on the immediate, and do the next thing

Keep your attitude in check.

If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  ‘Tis true!  My kids and my husband would much rather have a happy mom, sandwiches for supper, and a messy house than a pristine house, a gourmet supper, and a stressed-out, grumpy mom.  Ick.

Don’t let it get to you!  Turn on some music, tickle some baby toes, and keep moving.  Pare down to the basics today, and get happy.

Embrace the Ta-Done! List.

To-do list overwhelming?  Can’t even find it in the piles?  😉  Scrap it!  The Ta-Done! list is more fun and rewarding, anyway.


You may feel like you’re spinning your wheels, when in reality, the important things are getting done.  Poop cleaned up, sheets washed, baby’s diaper changed, breakfast made… Ta-Done!  Write tasks down as you go, and be proud of what is accomplished today!

The days are long, but the years are short.  Don’t let reality doom your well-planned day.  Redeem it, and do the next thing!

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  1. This is where I first heard that and I LOVE it………

    A poem quoted by Elisabeth Elliot
    Do The Next Thing

    “At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
    there came in the twilight a message to me.
    Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
    that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
    And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
    like a low inspiration, ‘Do the next thing.’

    Many a questioning, many a fear,
    many a doubt hath its quieting here.
    Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
    time, opportunity, guidance are given.
    Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
    trust that with Jesus, do the next thing.

    Do it immediately, do it with prayer,
    do it reliantly, casting all care.
    Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
    who placed it before thee with earnest command.
    Stayed on omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
    leave all resultings, do the next thing.

    Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
    working or suffering be thy demeanor,
    in His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
    the light of His countenance, be thy psalm.
    Do the next thing.”

  2. I totally put things on my to-do list that I have already done just so I can cross them off – it really does change your perspective…especially when your having “one of those days” where all you’ve managed to do was keep everyone alive and change out the empty toilet paper roll!

  3. Jennifer Wiggins says:

    Thanks! Needed this! Your posts are always so relevant although I only have one baby (well…toddler) right now. Just need to get off the computer and do the next thing (unload the dishwasher)…lol!

  4. Thank you so much. I really needed this today. Your reminder that “You may feel like you’re spinning your wheels, when in reality, the important things are getting done. Poop cleaned up, sheets washed, baby’s diaper changed, breakfast made… Ta-Done!” was sooo timely. My list would include: vomit bucket cleaned, noses wiped, extra vitamins given, essential oils applied, vaporizer filled, baby nursed and rocked to sleep.

    Thank you for the encouragement!

  5. Thanks so much for this honesty, and thanks, Deb, for the poem from Elisabeth Elliot. This posting and that poem are very appropriate for my days. Mama being grumpy…things not getting done “as planned”… I hear you. Blessings on all you other moms out there. It’s true; the minutes, hours and days are long…but the years are short!

  6. I so needed to read this post today! I almost gave up on my day before 7:30am. The puppy woke me up at 6:30 to go out. When I let him back in a few minutes later I found out a split second too late that he had poop all over his back paws. He proceeded to tear all around the main floor level while I tried to catch him. put him in his crate so I could clean all the floors. Carried him (all 30 lbs!) upstairs to the bathroom and gave him a much needed bath. Carried him downstairs to his crate so he wouldn’t tear around like a crazy dog after a bath and wake up the kids at 7:15. :0) Gathered dirty bedding from crate and all wet towels from bathroom and started them in the washer. Kids woke up at 7:30 asking what’s for breakfast (and why is the dog all wet!) – pulled homemade waffles from freezer and got ready to start the day!

  7. This is my favorite post yet! Great attitude. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for the attitude adjustment. Needed this so much. Glad to know I’m not the only one that gets frustrated when my to do list gets rearranged, but I still need to make the best of it.


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