Monday, October 22, 2012

Getting my ducks in a row

So I've been waxing poetic these last couple of weeks about my life, okay that might be an exaggeration. Actually I've been wondering how to get my life organized so that I have time to do everything. Basically I'm trying to work on my time management skills.

So far I've learned one thing. I have a tendency to procrastinate everything unless I have a deadline and even then ...

This week I'm determined to get my ducks in a row.

Meaning:

1)  I need to exercise everyday even if it's just a little bit and I definitely need to do my physic so I can get back to soccer.

2) I need to write everyday even if it's just a little bit.

3) I need to clean everyday even if it's just a little bit

I'm sensing a theme.

4) I need to go through all of my receipts and file them, even if I just do a little bit every day.

5) I need to cook more even if it's just supper.

Maybe I need something to make me accountable.

Okay, so here is my day:

Work - home by 5:30pm. Sneak in some blogging during my breaks at work. Make dinner, clean up. Exercise (30 minutes on treadmill & physio). Write for at least 30 minutes. Finish cleaning the bathrooms and vacuum. Read a chapter of the book I'm reading. Do a load of laundry. Spend time with my family. Okay, wait, this list is getting too long. I think I'll have to cut out cleaning the bathroom, dishes, and laundry.

Actually what this proves to me is that you can't do it all in one day even if it's just for a little bit. Back to the drawing board. Hopefully I'll be back on Wednesday with a schedule that will work for me, allow me to get things done, and not feel guilty about the things I don't.

How about you? What are you going to do today?

14 comments:

Jessica Nelson said...

Nope, you can't do it all in one day, unfortunately. :-( Good luck with that list!

i'm erin. said...

I have the hardest time fitting it all into one day. It is so hard and I too need to get my ducks in a row. But if you can manage it all, let me know the secret.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I have a hard time fitting everything in each day as well. I'll have to do something like this. It's so easy to get overwhelmed.

Laurel Garver said...

The little bit at a time approach can work, but maybe split the list in half--three things MWF, three things TThSa. I find I feel overly scattered otherwise. And hey, can't you combine the treadmill and reading? Maybe audiobooks might help there.

Jennifer Hoffine said...

"Even just a little bit"...that is my problem...my brain works best on big chunks of dedicated time but my life works best in little chunks...no wonder I'm always so frustrated.

Connie Keller said...

Good luck with scheduling! It's so hard!! I took a page from my grandmother's book--back in the old country, every one did certain chores on certain days (for example, scrubbing the stoop on Mondays, etc.) So I schedule a lot of chores--Thursday is ironing, Friday is vacuuming and dusting, etc. I don't scrub the stoop--thankfully, my grandmother hasn't noticed. :) Or, more likely, she's just not commenting on it.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I did well on blogging (though I can't blog as long in the mornings like I used to), exercising, reading, and writing. I thought about cleaning the bathrooms. Does that count???? :)

Melissa Marsh said...

It's been my experience that when I get really into one thing (like a writing streak), the other stuff falls by the wayside. I was pleasantly surprised on Saturday, however, when I actually got a lot of housecleaning done. Unfortunately, I got very little writing done!

Carolyn V said...

That is so funny Patti! I have those exact same goals!!! I don't always get to everyone of them, but I want to.

Southpaw said...

Ditto. (on 90% of what you said)

Heidi Willis said...

Maybe a little bit each week?

I know what you mean. There isn't time in the day for everything, even just a little of everything.

Guilt should not be the price we pay for having a full life. Enjoy what success you can have each day, and know there will be a chance the next to find a little more.

....Petty Witter said...

Getting my ducks in a row - what a great expression.

Melissa Hurst said...

I was getting tired just reading your schedule! lol I hope you find one that is manageable for you.

I'm still trying to figure out something that'll work for me. One thing I can do now is delegate chores to my two oldest kids!

Misha Gericke said...

Hehehehe sleep.

Tomorrow, though, I'm going to edit Doorways so I can have it 110% agent ready by November. :-)