I’ve been a little bit off my game here lately. I still wake up early – before my entire family – and it’s the best thing that I can do for myself and for my little family. But, I’ve been struggling with focus lately…which seems odd to me since I’m your standard Type-A personality and losing focus isn’t something that comes naturally to us.
So I’ve been struggling with managing my time spent with my husband, time spent with my children, and time spent on the blog. Not to mention, I’m struggling with keeping my house in order. Honestly, it’s starting to feel a little overwhelming.
Dress the Part
But, I’m committed to taking back my time and to stop letting it run me. One of those things that I’m doing is consistently avoiding the “mom uniform”. Don’t get me wrong, when you or your kiddos are sick, it’s practically impossible to wear anything other than the mom uniform. But I’ve realized that if I dress for the day that I want to have instead of the day I’m having, I’m in a way better mood.
I mean, think about. Whenever you’re wearing your pjs until noon do you feel like a beautiful woman or a hot mess. If you’re like me, you feel like a hot mess and completely unfocused and out of control. So just like I pick out my kids’ clothes for the following day, I’ve been picking out and planning my outfits the night before. Makes getting out the door so much easier.
Write it Down
Another thing that I’ve been working on the night before, is writing down my to-do list in my business planner. I literally write down my entire schedule – including when I’ll throw the laundry in and when I’ll vacuum. By doing this, I’m staying more focused on my business and home tasks instead of getting to the end of the day with breakfast dishes still sitting in the sink.
If you need help coming up with a schedule or routine to your day I highly recommend both Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and a Mother’s Rule of Life. Both are great, practical guides to helping you get your day in order.
Daily Top 5
Something else that I’ve been working on, is something that I learned from Make Over Your Mornings by Crystal Paine. It’s the Daily Top 5 – basically you do the same top 5 things every morning and that will ensure a great start to your day. Here’s what I mean:
- Read the Bible readings for that particular day.
- Morning prayer.
- Unload dishwasher and set up breakfast for the boys.
- Start load of laundry.
- Shower and get dressed.
Literally, I do these five things every single morning – even on vacation (minus the laundry and dishwasher part). By doing these same five things, I end up setting myself for a much better day ahead. Granted, I need to make sure that I’m writing my to-do list the day before to make sure that I’m not frazzled as soon as I get out of the shower.
Drink it Up
Before I had kids, I was great at drinking water all day long. In fact, I have never liked cokes (soda or pop for all y’all not from the South 🙂 ) so drinking water was never a challenge for me. That was until I started staying home with little ones all day long.
What ends up happening is that I’ll pour myself a big ol’tall glass of water with my favorite lemon essential oil and while drinking it, I get called away by a loud crash somewhere in my house. When I come back an hour later to drink my water, it usually has a Hot-wheel car or dirt in it as a “present” from one of my darling boys.
So, I’m now working on increasing my water intake by “not allowing” myself to drink coffee, hot tea, or anything else until I’ve drank a glass of water. This is definitely not a perfect system but I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in my mood, my energy levels, and just my overall feeling by drinking more water.
I definitely missed it.
Clean it Up
Okay, so something else I’ve noticed is that my work area – my desk – has gotten crazy. Back when I had an office job, my desk NEVER looked like mine does now. I know that part of why my desk looks crazy is because my desk is in the living room (the trials of living in an older home 🙂 ) so it’s like a honing beacon to my little ones.
But also, it’s a crazy mess because I’m a crazy mess. There’s an old expression about a cluttered desk being a sign of a cluttered mind and for me, that’s very true. I cannot function in chaos and so it’s no surprise that I’ve been unfocused here lately because my desk looks like this:
For real, it’s awful and I don’t like it. So as soon as I finish typing, I’m cleaning it. 🙂
Okay so that’s all I’ve got for you, but I’d love to hear your advice for regaining control over your day!
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