Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and remembered that you left something out. Something that kinda needed to get done, but it wasn’t soooo important that it kept nagging you until it was completed? Sort of like my drying rack that my wonderful hubby made for me. He built it, installed it, but told me that I needed to put the mesh on. That was only, like, 4 months ago. Sorry hubs.
I kept forgetting about that drying rack until I wanted to use it during laundry day. That is, until it ended up on my list.
I love lists. I write a to do list and write on it that I need to write a to do list. That is how I would achieve bigger projects around the house. I would break the project up into smaller bits, write them on the list, cross them off as I went (the most satisfying part!), and it would help me get it done in a more systematic (and satisfying) way.
What I wasn’t doing was creating a list for all the menial tasks around the house for my day-to-day life. Until I read “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” by Crystal Paine. Before that book, I was just trying to survive, searching for a minute of peace to myself, struggling to get all my “to-do’s” done, and yet just ending up overwhelmed and under accomplished.
So what changes did I make?
1) I wake up early.
Even though I work a crazy night shift schedule I decided that I would wake up at 5:30am every day that I was off. This is the big one!!! It has given me those quiet minutes or hour of time to myself that I so desperately needed.
2) I created a morning routine.
Crystal Paine also has a nice course called “Make Over Your Mornings“. For $17, you can take the 14 day course that will help you transform your mornings too. This was also pivotal in my morning routine.
My morning routine involves:
Making coffee and drinking it WHILE HOT!!! (this is what I LIVE for folks!)
Making the daily To-Do List
Reading the Bible and doing any Bible studies in which I am involved
Reading a book until Little Mister wakes up
Cleaning up breakfast, dishes, unloading dishwasher
Playing for 20 minutes with little Mister
Making the bed
Getting myself and little Mister dressed and ready for the day
Starting on daily To-Do List
3) Try to be more conscious of my electronic use.
Before this, I would find myself doing “research” on Pinterest a lot! What a time waster! Crystal Paine goes as far as recommending her readers to set a timer for electronic usage. I haven’t gotten there yet, but I do try to limit it a lot more now.
Eventually I will get into an afternoon schedule. For now, it kind of revolves around Little Mister’s nap and bedtime. Overall, this small change has really changed my outlook on life and my productivity. My wise husband knows that I directly link my level of productivity with my mood. If I get everything crossed off my list, I feel amazing!
I would love to know, how do you save your sanity and keep your life organized?