Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Week 1: Organize Your Mind

I am a bit of a self-help book junky.  I have parenting books, organizing books, housekeeping books, and financial books.  So far I have only finished the financial book, but that is still a work in progress.  I am hoping that with Jennifer Ford Berry's organize now! book I will be well on my way to finishing the other books and finding glorious amounts of time in my currently stuffed and cluttered life!

This first week, my goals for my self are:

  1. Sleep (she says 7, but I do well with only 6) for 6 solid hours - that means to bed by 12:30!  For a night owl like me this is not the easiest task in the world.
  2. Daily To-Do Lists: I work best off of some sort of schedule/list, so we'll begin with a list and see what happens.  With 3 toddlers underfoot days do not always have the number of hours I would like them to have.
  3. Daily Journal:  I have never been a diary keeper, but part of me would like to be.  I think that someday I may enjoy looking back to see what happened during these busy years of mothering.  So the journal is purchased, but the actual start has not yet occurred.
  4. Breaks in the day to take inventory and stock of personal feeling.  A couple of minutes to focus on just me that sounds glorious!  But I have to actually schedule those small amounts of time...
  5. Exercise - I am currently in a good routine - the best I have been since I became an adult (in age only!).  Maybe I am crazy, but I have found a system that works for me; I use Shaun T's Insanity DVD Program at about 10pm every night.
  6. Eliminate energy drainers: Clutter and unfinished projects (goodness knows I have many of those).  I am working on creating a large master To-Do List for the household and for me personally, kind of a logistical nightmare.  And there is no possible way to eliminate all the clutter in this household in 1 week without professional help, so I am going to add that into an on going weekly goal!
  7. Control your time: I am a schedule person - there I said it, I have a problem.... My name is Amy, and I am a schedule person.  Wow, there is something cleansing in admitting that.  I like to know the where, when, why, and how of what is happening in my life, and when that is thrown loopy I get cranky.  So why in all my years of being a mother have I not ever set up a consistent daily schedule?  When I do I am SO efficient with my time that it is almost scary.  Maybe, subconsciously, I do not really want to admit that I do have many hours in my life for all the things that I think that I do not have time for!  Or perhaps it is because there are days when the schedule is thrown out the window due to other circumstances - sick kids, beautiful day outside, company, lunch plans, park days, etc - and there is potential there for me to get cranky because, darn it, {start whiney voice} I have a schedule.
So those are my goals, taken from the guidelines in the book, and I will update at the end of the week with my personal progress in each of these areas!


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