I am forgetful. I am capable of doing absolutely everything that could possibly need to get done, but then forget the most important little detail. I try my best to stay organized so I don’t lose track of the big things, but sometimes all of the day-to-day things just take over my brain. I get so caught up doing laundry, cooking, washing dishes, and kissing boo-boos, all while keeping a smile on my face, that I sometimes forget when a bill is due or miss a loved ones birthday. It’s horrible . . . I know. But, I am human.
This life can get hectic and overwhelming. Some days I feel like I am struggling just to stay afloat with everything that is depending on me. But that is the beauty of motherhood! I want this year to be full of happy moments with my family and friends, and not so full of stressing out because I forgot something. So, I have figured out a couple of tips for staying on top of everything so that I can color, go to the playground, and play baby dolls without thinking about the laundry and dishes.
- Make Lists:
I make lists on a daily basis, whether it be for big or small things. I have a running grocery list, because, let’s be honest, we always run out of something! If I have a birthday party or holiday coming up, I make lists of what needs to be done and in what order. With a new baby coming soon, I have a list of everything that we’ll need to have accomplished before he makes his entrance into the world. Two of the most important things to do when making lists is to put them in plain sight and check things off as you get them done. By keeping them within your daily line of sight, you will not forget that you have things to do. Checking off completed tasks or items will allow you to see that you are making progress, even if it is a little bit at a time.
- Wake Up Early:
Ok, I’m not saying that everyone has to wake up at 5 AM to be organized! I’m saying, wake up before you actually need to. If you normally get up at 8 AM to get ready and get to work right on time, try a 7 or 7:30 AM wakeup instead. This way, you can begin your day at a peaceful pace. With extra time you can go over what must be accomplished for the day and figure out when is best to do what. Or, you could use this time to relax and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while reading a bit of your favorite book. The point is that you won’t wake up in a rush or feel overwhelmed when something goes a wrong in the morning – especially if you have kids, because it definitely will! You will have the extra time built into your day to slow down and face any challenges head-on!
- Set a Schedule & Stick to it:
Whether you have a 9-5 job, you’re a stay-at-home mom, or you have any other lifestyle situation, there is a daily set of tasks that you accomplish each day. By creating a set schedule and sticking to it, your day will go by much more smoothly. If you work and have children, you can set up your daily schedule to fit in everything that you need to get done for yourself/work, as well as all of the things you must do for your children. If you are a stay-at-home mom, it may be a bit harder to stick to a set schedule, but believe me, you should! Set a consistent wake-up time, lunch time, nap time, bedtime, and fill the spaces in between with the other activities that you want to do for the day. By having certain parts of the day designated for specific activities, it will be easier to stay on task and get everything achieved in a timely manner.
Of course, life happens! Your child may get sick and your entire day will change. If things pop up that must be done, then try your best to stay calm so that you do not become overwhelmed. Health and happiness are extremely important, so whenever you feel like you have too much on your plate, you must prioritize. Do what has to be done first, and then figure out what the next most important items on your to-do list are. If they aren’t significant enough and you need some time for yourself or something more important – then change the schedule and do you! Do not get so caught up in the lists and schedules that you forget to live!
- Remove Clutter:
One of the easiest ways to keep yourself organized is by removing all of the clutter around you. Whether that be physical or mental, it is taking up much-needed space and must be cleared out! If there are items in my house that I do not use regularly or do not bring me joy, then out they go. These items will probably serve someone else much better than they will me. I do not enjoy having an extreme amount of clothing because it leads to more time spent washing laundry/putting away clothes, and my time is much more valuable than all of that. Each time I notice that a piece of my daughter’s clothing is getting too small, it immediately goes in a donation bag that I will drop off as soon as it is full. I also make her go through her toys every few months to give to children who may not have as much. At first, this was tough for her, but knowing that she is making others happy has made it much easier. Mentally, if I recognize that a certain chore or task is overwhelming my mind, I either stop what I am doing and get it done OR ask for help. We all need help sometimes, and when we are overwhelmed we must reach out or step back and prioritize!
I want to spend this year being present in the moment. Whatever I may be doing, I want to be fully there and focused. These years pass by oh so quickly, and I want to soak up just as much of it as I possibly can. I believe the best way to do this is by organizing and delegating my time so that I can get done with the “chores” and spend more time living.
I hope these tips are helpful for you, and that you spend the next year feeling as if you had time for everything that you wanted to accomplish – whether that be focused on family, a career, a hobby, or anything else you feel is valuable.
For with God nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37
With Love, Jeni