Monday, July 26

"O" is for overwhelmed...

Blast.  I have SO much to do right now.  In my head is this ridiculous list of "I need to do ____ , and I need to do ____, and____, and____, and...."  And Haydon will only sleep for so long, and rather than doing anything about any of it, I am blogging.  'Cause I'm smart like that.

There.  Breakfast was on the "I need to" list.  Just went and made some oatmeal and coffee.
(sidenote - he was definitely up before I even got to my breakfast)

So.  I need to.

- Clean up from camping
- Give my laundry line some lovin' (it's missed us).
- Buy groceries
- Pay bills.  I was really good at being on top of our finances before we had that baby.  While things are getting paid, I haven't been great at sitting down and getting a good look at the overall state of affairs and making any effort towards any of our financial goals.
- Apply for a couple of jobs.

Those are all the things that need to happen soonish.  The problem is, I`m in one of those states where you keep adding things to the list, and that`s not necessarily a good thing.  Sure, they`re things that should be done, but, not urgently.  But...I`ve put them off for so long, I feel like I need to make them happen or else they`ll never happen.

- Print some pictures.
- Frame some art and get it on the walls.
(sidenote - my baby is currently under the piano bench sucking on the pedals.  `Cause I`m an awesome mom).
- Exercise
- Journal, or jot, or write a letter to my dude to make sure we remember this baby time.  There are so many things that I swore we wouldn`t forget, that already I`m like ``was that at 3 months (blast - James keyboard keeps going into French mode, and won`t let us change it back...I was going to put a question mark after that last sentence...instead, I get an É)
- Go to Europe
- Clean out my sock drawer get the picture.

Ahah!  I got it!

Anyway.  After I blogged about the Pomodoro technique (work for 25 minutes, take 5, rinse, repeat), someone suggested I check out FlyLady. *disclaimer - that is one of the most messy and disorganized websites EVER! but has some good stuff on it, if you don't have a seizure from all of the information flying at you*
FlyLady's basic premise is that you can get control of your life, 15 minutes at a time.  You can do anything for just 15 minutes. So, if you have an overwhelming job, or a room that's out of control, rather than telling yourself you have to get it all done, tell yourself you'll work on it for 15 minutes.  Then come back later, or tomorrow, and do another 15 minutes.  She also has a great program for staying on top of your home.  She has the home divided into zones, and you focus on one zone a week, for 15 minutes a day.  For example, this week's zone is the living room, and my task for today is to go through the living room and take out anything that doesn't belong in there, and take it to it's rightful home.  I think tomorrow I do a thorough dusting.

I haven't been following her program strictly, but have found that the things I am doing are making a pretty big difference.  And so, on that note, I should go set the timer and tackle the kitchen.  It's amazing what you can get done in 15 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. I laugh because I'm going through the exact same thing. I've started making a list of things I want to get done in the day, and some things just keep staying on the finish printing off pictures and putting pictures up on the wall! I try to do the same thing, where if I'm feeling overwhelmed, I say "I'll just do this one thing" and once I get started, I often want to keep going.


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