|Daddy & Daughter roast marshmallows on the eve of Father’s Day|
Back today after a wonderful weekend that included projects, camping, swimming and froyo! We had such a nice time as a family and since I’m gone so many evenings trying to do what I can’t during the day, it was much needed. I was so glad the weather cooperated. I’m certain if it had continued to rain that we’d have been home cleaning and working on projects and a lot less likely to do much together. (And frankly I needed to be forced to just relax a bit.) There’s just always too much to do and sometimes you just have to STEP. AWAY. I’m trying to focus on that (and the fact that I did get a fair amount done when we were home) and not dwell on reality of all that I had to do today to get caught up around the house. Fortunately I had my new daily schedule typed up, so I had a good guideline for where to start and something to keep me on track when my brain was going in too many directions (par for the course lately!).
I realized last week, when one of my friends mentioned my daily routine and all that I get accomplished by 7:00 or 8:00, that I maybe wasn’t clear that this was a NEW routine for me. New as in just created it, haven’t tried it, but HOPE that it will help me stay on top of things. This is a schedule that I need to implement in my life, not one that I’d been doing forever because I have all aspects of my life organized to a T. I don’t…I’m constantly evaluating what’s working and what’s not, and trying to make improvements. I think that’s a common misconception of “organized people”, that we have it “all together”. I’m finding that not just for myself but other bloggers that I follow and people that I know, what makes an organized person is less the fact that we naturally “have it together” and more that when something isn’t working, we work to find a solution to fix it. And maybe we have a knack for coming up with creative solutions that are more difficult for some to others to think of. But even we find that some things we come up with don’t work, and we reevaluate and try something else. Organization is a continual process.
And so it goes with organizing my time. My plan was to start this new routine today, after I’d have a chance to get my cleaning caddies set up, and at the start of a new (fresh) week. So here’s how things are going.
With regards to the cleaning caddies, they are purchased and mostly filled, but I still have to add some final cleaning items to them, add a cute vinyl label (of course!), and get the kitchen one in its new home (which needs to be cleared out). Once I get to that point I’ll share those with you (hopefully in the next couple of days).
As far as the daily routine itself, I’d say I’m off to a fairly good start. I did not get up at 5:15 as I planned because I’m fighting a cold and opted for a little extra sleep (in a few months my daycare schedule will be back to where I have one child arrive at 5:45, so I’ll have to get back to my early wake-up time at least by then). I got up at 6:15, and have to admit I would have been a lot better off with that extra hour before Faith was up and the kids arrived, but I did hit the ground running and made the most of my morning. By 8:00 or 8:30 I had made my bed, showered, done hair & make-up (a messy bun is my go-to these days), dusted & vacuumed the living room and adjoining playroom, washed what few dishes were in the sink and loaded the rest in the dishwasher, fed the kids and myself, started two loads of laundry and got the first in the dryer, folded another load from the day before, picked up what was left from camping, and mentally planned the day (including schedule and meals). Not bad, not bad. After all that I wiped down the bathroom mirror, sink & toilet and scrubbed the toilet bowl. Once I was done with that, I allowed myself to run through email, and while on the computer I checked my daily routine to see how I was doing and if I’d missed something. (I haven’t printed the routine yet but plan to do that and get it framed and on the wall somewhere. Haven’t decided for sure where.)
So with all that done, here’s what I missed: Water the plants, take vitamins/meds (took meds, not vitamins), review checking/bills, am walk/yoga and relax for a moment. I’m typing this as I sit outside while the kids play, so that’s probably about as much relaxation as I’ll get until naptime. Then I’ll be taking care of bills/finances and planning menus and grocery list for the week (since I failed to do that over the weekend). I’ll have to plan to squeeze in a walk after the kids leave and before I go to organize for a client.
I have to mention that despite checking my planner this morning I managed to take my daughter and five daycare kids to a library science demo at 11:00, not 10:00 as it should have been. At some point I wrote it down in my planner at 11:00, and failed to correct it when I signed up and got the confirmation email for the 10:00 time. I get too busy and I make mistakes. Just one more reason to get it all under control!
This evening will be much more difficult to stay on track. Daycare kids leave at 5:00. I’ve already established I need to squeeze in a walk. Then I go to organize for my client from 6:30-8:30. I’ll have to stop at the store on my way home, and put groceries away once I get back. I know I’ll be wiped and not at all interested in clearing the kitchen sink, laying out clothes for tomorrow, or much of anything else. I’m going to try, though, because I know that the more I can get done in the evening, the less there will be to do in the morning. If I get on top of the daily routines in the next couple of days, things should eventually go faster and I’ll have more time in the morning for whatever else needs tended to. I’ll continue to let you know how it goes!