I have set some lofty goals for 2019 (aka, cliche New Years resolutions): keep the house clean, save money, pay off debt, grow my blog, eat healthier and lose the baby weight. Pshh, piece of cake, amirite?
Wrong. I’m terrible with follow-through, and I can attribute that to the habit of biting off more than I can chew. When I don’t get all my ducks in a row before setting out to achieve a goal, I usually fail. Realizing this made me get to the root of why these things keep popping up on my New Years Resolutions list every year – I’m not organized enough.
So, the best way for me to achieve all of these goals is to get organized, which is a goal in and of itself.
This is an overwhelmingly massive project for me to tackle
The way I run my life right now works, but it isn’t efficient. A perfect example is cleaning. Instead of doing a little cleaning every day, I take an entire weekend to tackle it all at once (or, most of the time, somebody says they are going to drop by and I go into complete panic mode and crash clean everything). Spoiler alert: it isn’t effective.
I do best when I set small goals for myself. So, in order to tackle this and not bite off more than I can chew, I need to make a plan and take baby steps.
I need to find organizational solutions in order to accomplish the goals I have set for myself in 2019. Meal planning, a cleaning schedule and proper budgeting are somethings I plan on doing. But I need to slowly implement these things and take them on one at a time, otherwise it gets to be too overwhelming.
My husband and I have been in Dave Ramsey’s SmartDollar program for the past few months, which definitely helps with the budgeting and finance goals I have.
My next step is to organize our family schedule. I’ve created a family binder and am working on a new command center, which I can’t wait to share with you (coming soon!). The binder is for me to keep a detailed schedule for our family, track bills, etc. The command center will include a monthly calendar with high-level events, menu planner for dinners, a mail station and a place to keep important papers we get from school or in the mail.
My hope is by organizing my schedule and making our day-to-day life more efficient, I will find the time to spend with my family, work on this blog, work out, etc. I hope it takes away some of the chaos in our mornings and starts our days off on a good note. I hope it takes the panic away when someone says they are going to stop over and I don’t have to rush to clean up.
I will be sharing more thorough breakdowns as I take them on along with advice, blunders and, hopefully, successes. So, more to come!