It has been a crazy week. My husband worked well over 100 hours in 7 days and at the same time my sweet sweet boys decided sleeping was for the birds and both started waking up all throughout the night. So I was cranky and sleep deprived and missing my amazing hubby who works so hard for us. He finally got a couple days off and we celebrated my birthday a little early.
Those 7 days were REALLY hard to muster up the motivation to work out. The motivational stickers helped a lot… if I don’t miss a day then I get a gold star on Saturday… which I love. It makes me feel awesome. I missed last Wednesday. It’s just one day and I forced myself (my husband encouraged me strongly) to jump back in the very next day and I did and I haven’t missed a day since, but I didn’t get my gold star and there is a big fat empty white space where I missed my workout. I hate that.
Anyway, that’s right around the time I decided I needed structure. A plan. I needed a schedule. Something to help keep me on track, so that on the days I didn’t feel like doing anything, I had a bare minimum list of things to get done, so that life wouldn’t pile up and we would have the necessities. I like to consider myself a bit of a free spirit, so making and sticking to a schedule where I am accountable only to myself is a challenge. But when you have kids and don’t have other people telling you what you need to do, you kinda have to do it yourself.
I started with the basics. Food… we have to eat. Clean dishes… something to eat on and with. Clean laundry… the kids can get away with being naked all day, especially in Texas, but for me, I need clean clothes. Sunshine… it makes you happy and we all need that.
Food, dishes, laundry, clothes, and sunshine.
This is what my list looks like… the things I would like to accomplish in a day.
It seems pretty basic, but this is something I really struggle with. I would much rather just watch movies with the kids all day and get nothing done, but somehow I don’t really think that is acceptable and I do my best not to be my lazy self. This is still pretty new for me and I am still getting the hang of it. My list usually looks something like this by the end of the day…
It’s been raining a lot lately so we haven’t been getting much outside time and I really hate making dinner when my hubby isn’t home to eat it… otherwise my hard work gets thrown on the floor or spit out and wasted. The kids eat a lot of peanut butter and honey sandwiches and quesadillas when the man of the house is working into the night.
Bath time… oh bath time, the flood zone of my life. It used to be part of our bedtime routine… it’s supposed to be calming, right? Wrong! So completely wrong. Stressful and poncho come to mind, and I’ve tried lavender. It also means they soak through their diapers 87% of the time because they drink so much bath water. Now it’s usually after we play outside…. but the rain…. soooo….. yeah. They aren’t dirty, though, don’t worry. Oh no, they insist of showering with me in our tiny shower after I work out. It’s fun.
Sorry for the tangent…
My point is, having a schedule helps. As much as I hate it, it keeps me somewhat on track and keeps things like laundry and dishes from piling up… so far… as long as I stick to it.
So try it out… make a list and check things off. It feels good to check things off, like you’re actually accomplishing something. It’s measurable, you can look back and say I did this, this, this, and this. Maybe not everything, but hey we’re alive and that’s the main goal, right?
How do you keep your life from piling up? I’d love to here your life managing skills in the comments below!