Friday, January 17, 2020

Not enough time!

How is it that the older you get, the less time you have. Boredom is a luxury over here. Time seems to go by faster and faster and your "things to do list" just gets longer and longer. It's like some cruel joke. Notwithstanding, perhaps this is God's way of telling us to slow down! 

I find myself making so many lists throughout my week that I lose some of them. Although organization is an obsession of mine, I don't think I have quite mastered the skill, just yet. With three small children, 7 and under, a massive project in the works and a house to keep, well, organized, it seems like the tasks and to do's never end.

But here are a few suggestions that I have found have kept me sane and not curling up like a baby on my bed and forgetting it all:

1. Block schedule it! Yes, that is right, exactly what you did in high school and college, do the same for yourself and your sanity. During your 2 or 3-hour block schedule you assign different tasks to do and you stick to them. Once your time is up, you move on to your next set of tasks. Just like in high school when you focused on Science in the morning and then went to Math after lunch, your time is dedicated to what you set it for. Not finished? No problem! Take care of it tomorrow. I discovered this system through an amazing blogger Jordan Page. Click here to see her concept of block scheduling your life. Try it out yourself and let me know what you think. Just a bit of a warning about her: she's like an organization and frugal living guru on steroids. She's funny and she's got some of the most practical ideas for moms. Check her out.

2. Speed clean. I have to say that I have always been one to time myself doing certain tasks so that I can then say to myself, "you see, cleaning the floor is not so bad, it only takes me all but 5 minutes." Literally, I know how long it takes me to clean a toilet! Well, seems like Mrs. Jordan Page runs on the same wavelength as me. We are both type A's! She has some tips for speed cleaning. It's what keeps my house tidy on most days. So if someone stops by unannounced, I don't pretend I am not home.

3. Don't do laundry every single day. Assign days to do your laundry, that way you are not constantly seeing a flow of dirty and clean clothes in and out of your laundry area. I personally hate, I mean hate to fold laundry! My kids would have told me right now, "you're not supposed to say hate!" So because I loathe folding laundry so, my husband and I have come to an agreement. I wash and dry the clothes and he folds! Ta-da! He's happy. I'm happy. We are all happy and the clothes look good in the drawers.

4. Assign chores. Let's face it, no mother on this green earth can do it all. Even those who seem like supermoms. Not only that, but your children need to realize that being a part of a family means pitching in and helping to keep the house clean and tidy. Assign chores to each child. What has worked best for us is giving each child a daily checklist. Each day they have to mark off all of their chores and to do's from "making their bed" to "set the table" and so on. The older they are, the more difficult the chore. Oh and do not go behind them and fix what they have done wrong or what is not to your liking. Teach them and they will get better at it.  We do not pay for regular chores. Their "payment" so to speak are their privileges. Once they finish their chores they get their privileges of game night, movie night and other things we plan for the weekend. Above and beyond regular chores, they can ask to do "paid chores". These are extra chores like raking leaves, cleaning the car, etc. Chores help children to learn responsibility and the fact that living in a community requires work and cooperation.

5. Go to bed early. I know this seems like it doesn't make sense, given that we always feel like there are not enough hours in the day, but trust me on this. The better and more regularly you sleep, the more productive you are. Someone once told me, "rest is a part of work" and nothing can be truer. If we are not well-rested, we either do not want to do what we must do and therefore will not have time for the things we want to do and, we are cranky-pants. We go to bed around 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. on most nights. I really feel that I don't even have to push myself. I am so exhausted at that point that it's all I want. Of course, our day begins at 5:30 a.m. so it's a no brainer. I need at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Sleep is not only important but it's essential to dealing with small children. Remember the newborn days? Enough said!

Well, I hope you enjoyed these very simple but practical tips to keeping your sanity and getting things done in what seems like shorter and shorter days.

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