Monday, June 4, 2012
Priorities And Projects
I used to be quite an organised person. Cupboards and drawers were neatly arranged, my car was spotless without a speck of dirt or sand and paperwork was promptly filed away. However, circumstances here lately have led me to feel extremely disorganised. Around the time of Grace’s party, when the girls were also unwell, I felt as though I was struggling to stay on top of things. My to-do list contained far too many items to ever be achievable, sorting out tea each night was becoming a mammoth task and as far as the housework, I was falling further and further behind. More time consuming projects such as organising or craft were WAY down the bottom of my list.
Over the past few weeks, I have changed my mindset and tried to be less of a perfectionist. I have accepted that I can’t do it all. That my life has changed and I can’t be that once super organised person I was. My standards have dropped. And that’s okay. I have decided to focus on one word – prioritising and made a list of the top things I need to take care of daily in my role as a stay at home Mum and displayed it on the fridge where I can see it often and remind myself of what’s really important.
I've also decided to focus on one major area of home life that is bothering me each week. I sat down and made a big list of all the areas I feel aren’t running as smoothly as I’d like, that need to be better organised and that need time allocated to them in order to be remedied. Things like having a decent supply of home-cooked frozen meals , listing some unwanted items on Gumtree, sorting through the contents of our wardrobes, editing and deleting photos and coming up with a better system for managing and responding to emails (our inbox currently has 2537 emails sitting there) will all have ‘their week’.
Last week’s focus was ‘Operation Baby Food’. I made a whole range of dishes and pureed and froze them all ready for the coming months for Sophie. Hopefully they should take us through to her starting on finger foods. This week’s focus is ‘Operation Stock-Up’. Running out of things lately has really been annoying me (and Paul who I am constantly asking to stop at the local supermarket on his way home from work). I used to have a good system in place for my grocery shopping and ensuring I had ‘back-ups’ of frequently used pantry items and toiletries. Now I have no idea what it is I'm running low on.
I’m finding myself more productive with my focus for the week as I’ve tended to flit from project to project, ending up with lots of things half done. Having a weekly priority and knowing that I have one thing I’d really like to accomplish come Sunday is actually achievable for me.
How do you deal with things when you are feeling overwhelmed and disorganised? I’d love for you to share your strategies…
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