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I’m sitting in Starbucks. It’s Friday night. I’m enjoying a coconut milk vanilla chai, a panini, a playlist I made myself, and the incredible freedom and peace to be able to do work that I love. (Which is why you’re getting a blog post on a Friday night. You’re welcome.) I’m trying to get it together. It’s a rare occasion, and I’ll take it.
It’s not rare because it’s not available. My amazing husband constantly offers to give me time to myself. On the contrary, it’s me that stands in my own way, coming up with excuses. I can’t leave you with the kids; you’ve been working all day too. I’m too tired to go out. There’s too much to do around here.
But it has been a rough couple of days. I’ve been on edge and tense, ready to explode. We’ve been on rotation for sickness and tummy trouble in our house. I feel like I have to be constantly moving, or the fabric that keeps everything together in our house will unravel. For the first time in a long time, I was thinking about what it might be like to go back to work.
I love being a mom. No other role – student, coworker, even wife – has made me feel so myself. Nothing has ever made me more confident in my ability to do difficult things, and I’ve never had so many moments of pure contentment.
So why do I still feel like I’m in frenzy mode constantly? More and more, I’m realizing how a little organization, a little more priority, and saying “no” a little more could make a big difference in my life. I’ve never been big on organizing or planning, as much as I’ve tried. (Ask my husband – I either tune out or become rather hostile when we talk plans.)
That brings us here. How do you get it together? Whether you work, stay home, run a business, take classes at night? We’re all busy. But some people seem to be on the track of a peaceful rhythm instead of a frantic horror movie score. How? What helps you?
I know for me, I’m getting back into intentional goals and plans. I just ordered a Purposeful Planner (affiliate link – use to get 10% off!). Last year, they collaborated with me on a blog post, which started a great season of intention for me for a while. But with having the baby and not having any kind of rhyme or reason for a while, it dropped off.
Starting a new Purposeful Planner is exciting for me. Honestly, I’ve checked out other ones, but nothing can compete with this one, in my opinion. My favorite is the daily planner, which includes pages with a schedule broken up by hour, as well as a section for three priorities to set for the day, a healthy habits tracker, an inspirational quote, spending notes, etc. I also like that they have sections for budgeting, household tasks, and meal planning for the month.
In other news, I’m continuing with meal planning, which I’d love to share about in a post soon. And I still love my grocery pickup! It has completely changed how I grocery shop – no more random items in my cart, or coming home with things we already have.
I also am making it a goal to write things down more. That’s my husband’s number one tip for getting things done. The second is scheduling things in on his online calendar. Including time just to get things done, even if it’s not an appointment or a meeting or something that involves someone else.
Finally, I am trying to just get RID of stuff. I just feel like we have so much stuff to keep up with. Minimalism is kind of a trend right now, but if it works, I’m on board.
Now please – tell me your secrets!