I feel like being organized is pretty much a constant battle for me. I’d love to organize my life down the breaths I take but the reality is that I have 2 kids who couldn’t care less about their neurotic mommy and a husband who’s current schedule is ridiculously sporadic. So I have settled on
controlling organizing what I can. There are a few ways I do this, that I have found to be pretty effective in keeping me sane.
The first is my planner. I looooove my planner. It is life. Each Sunday I sit and plan the upcoming week. It would be amazing if I could plan each minute of each day, but I just can’t. There are just too many variables. So I do kind of a rough sketch of what the week needs to look like. What do I need to get done here at A Party of Four? Do we have doctors appointments? Library days? You get the picture.
I track Jake’s work schedule there as well so that I can work mine and the girls lives around those days. He works 12 hour shifts so if anything family related needs done, it gets done on a day off.
I’d be lying to you if I said my planner was strictly for staying on top of my life. It’s also one of my hobbies. I am so zen when I plan for the week. I use stickers to make it pretty etc. As you can see! It’s kind of a sickness.
The second way I keep my life from unraveling at the speed of light is to have a general schedule for the day. Right now I’m trying to adjust Piper’s sleep schedule because she’s gone all wonky on us again. I write down what my dream schedule would be, and then I try and stick to it. It helps the girls know what to expect each day, which cuts down on the “I’m bored”, “When is lunch?” and other questions that drive me insane. It also helps with productivity for me since I do run this blog and I have to squeeze it in where I can.
The final way I’m staying organized is that I am becoming more flexible. I get moody and annoyed when the day doesn’t go the way I want it to. Don’t we all? I am finding that the less I fight against the chaos and the more I embrace it, the happier and less anxious I am.
I heard something somewhere that was like “be like bamboo, it’s flexible and can be bent and swayed but it’s super hard to break.” (I’m obviously paraphrasing horribly)
So, I’m trying to be bamboo. Life goals…be the bamboo.
Tell me below, how do you stay organized? What do you do to stay on track?