The past few weeks have been kind of all over the place for me. Although may blog may assume the appearance of a well-balanced, put together life (thank you, internet machine) – the past few weeks have been anything but.
Basically, since I got back from my trip to Colorado, I have not been able to catch up. I’ve been stuck in I-have-to-do-EVERYTHING mode. Which really turns into trying-to-do-everything-at-once-and-really-doing-nothing mode. Which then leads to really-really-really-stressed-out mode. Someone please tell me this cycle sounds familiar? 😉
I get really overwhelmed when I have a lot to do but don’t break tasks down and understand how and when those tasks will get done. For quite a few days now, I’ve woken up and realized I had to do long training runs, the laundry, dishes, and a bunch of other house chores, blog, read the Bible, read other books I’m working on, and – oh yeah, be a Mary Kay consultant. Pack my husband’s lunch. Wash my hair. Is that a crumb on the floor? Wait, did I email her back? OH GOD.
You get the point.
Just to give you proof that my life really has been kind of mess. Please view exhibit A, my kitchen as of this morning.
Yes. That’s real. How that happens… I really don’t know, but it stresses me out!
Undoubtedly, I have been complaining, moaning, and whining about all my first world woes to my husband. Bless his heart. But I really needed advice and knew I wanted a change. Cue simple man solutions!
I was planning on making a schedule (for probably like 3 days in a row), but didn’t. He came home from class one night and said he was going to make one for me. It took him all of about a minute and a half, to which I of course thought, no way is this going to be detailed enough. And that’s probably why I am struggling right now, because I let little details get in the way. But thankfully he can see around all that stuff.
I actually loved the simplicity and order of the schedule he made for me, so I’m totally going with it. My new daily schedule goes something like this:
- 6:30 – Wake up
- 6:30-7:30 – Breakfast, pack lunch, see hubby out the door
- 7:30 – 10:30 – Bible study, workout, get ready (in whatever order fits for the day)
- 10:30-12:00 – Mary Kay work (paper work, placing orders, phone calls, etc.)
- 12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch break (& most likely blog reading time)
- 1:00 – 3:00 – “Other”
I basically am going to try to start seeing 10:30 to 3 as my “work day,” time where I choose to be focused on tasks, not just doing “stuff.” The “other” slot at the end of the day is for blogging and any chores I need to do like cleaning or grocery shopping.
I’ve chosen not to schedule my day past 3 because it starts to overwhelm me. When I overschedule, I get freaked out and feel like I’m locked into too many things. I’ll obviously have plenty of time to use between 3 pm and dinner. I’m just going to leave it as free time so I don’t start freaking out. The simpler, the better 🙂
That’s a great daily schedule, but I also like to know when I do tasks weekly. So for my “other” time, my schedule looks like this:
- M: cleaning
- T: blogging
- W: grocery shopping
- Th: blogging & laundry
- F: blogging
Hopefully this will keep me in the right mindset to do tasks without feeling overwhelmed. I’ve also started using my Kindle as a planner with this calendar app that syncs with my phone. This has helped so much in the past few days!
The app is called aCalendar+ and I love it! So helpful!
Hopefully putting this schedule into effect will help me go through life with focus instead of feeling terribly overwhelmed. Lately, I have been letting life happen to me, and it all feels like an accident. But I don’t want a life that’s on accident. I want a life lived on purpose, with intention and focus.
And just in case you were wondering, yes, I did get the kitchen clean 😉
What a relief!
Questions for You:
- How long can you stay in “everything mode” before you realize it’s just not working?!
- Do you prefer a pen & paper planner or an electronic one?