#49 – #MondayBlog June 13

#49 – #MondayBlog June 13

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So I missed my usual #WeekendCoffeeShare…booo…sorry guys!  Not like it’s anything new, but it’s just so hectic right now.  But I’m starting to think….I may be addicted to being busy..even if I occasionally complain about it.

I keep putting more and more on my plate…but I’m enjoying it…can’t explain it.  I’m working full-time, going to school part-time, trying to get a side hustle business going for some extra cash, and raising two boys.   I have decided…I just need to be busy!

Saying that, I am also learning how to effectively manage my time.  I was sitting at work today and felt like I kept starting a few things at the same time.  I had to stop myself and just make a list.  I do it at home, work is the next best place to practice this habit!

My lists help!  Sometimes I can make it through it all and sometimes I don’t.  I at least feel accomplished when I can cross things off.  I can stir myself up in such a tizzy sometimes, that I’m so stressed and I have time for nothing, but all I need to do is prioritize.  I can’t do everything at once.  I also outsource anything and everything I can.  Anything I can get delivered to me so I don’t have to walk into an actual store with my rugrats in tow….I’m there!  Sign me up!

That’s my PSA for the day 🙂

Father’s Day will soon be upon us and wondering how my kids are taking it so far.  I haven’t heard much from the big guy and I’m always torn on how much I should pry out of him without introducing new feelings when he’s been strolling along just fine.

My little guy has renamed it “Grandfather’s Day”, which I’m fine with as long as he’s happy.  He actually corrected me when I called it “Father’s Day”.  I will ensure they remember their father as well that day, but make sure they are enjoying their Grandfathers and Uncles as much as possible at the same time.

Well I hope your Monday has gone well….it’s almost over!

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Kristen

# 45 – #WeekendCoffeeShare June 5

# 45 – #WeekendCoffeeShare June 5

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If we were having coffee…

I would give you one of my large 16oz coffee cups and tell you to get comfortable on my couch.  I feel like this has been a whirlwind week.  I probably say this every week, but really, I mean…it’s June for goodness sake!

One of my favorite things to do (besides drink coffee) is to drink coffee with one of my friends and just being able to relax, shoot the shit, and have no where I have to be…..ahhh sounds delightful doesn’t it??!!

One super exciting thing that happened yesterday is that I got to watch my brother-in-law propose to his girlfriend!  It was a lot of fun knowing a little secret and watching it unfold!  Congrats to this amazing couple…very happy for them and hope for nothing but the best in their future!

Other than that exciting news, this week was a flash.  I did not follow my usual laundry schedule, or any type of schedule for that matter.  That makes me a little crazy…I admit it.  I need my lists and to be able to cross things off to feel accomplished.  I have issues…I know.

So today, the first thing on my agenda, after my coffee of course, is to make a list of everything I would like to accomplish for today to get ready for work tomorrow.  I am already shuttering at the thought of Monday morning….ugh!

Enjoy your day, make your to do lists and be amazing!

This #WeekendCoffeeShare was also brought to you by Part-Time Monster.

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Kristen

# 19 – I Have a Confession…

# 19 – I Have a Confession…

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Today started out pretty good.  My kids slept over my friend’s house, so I had the bed to myself and had slept great!  But once I got out of bed and got my coffee ready, I looked around and immediately became overwhelmed by what I wanted to accomplish before my kids came back home.

I was walking from one room to another, starting different things but not finishing anything.  I was getting more and more frustrated with myself.  I had to actually stop and talk out loud.  “Kristen, follow your own damn advice.  Make a list of what you want done and do one thing at a time”.

Even that was hard…

I would start with number one…Meal Plan for the week so I can finish my grocery list.  I wrote each day of the week with a dash next to it and then…..just stared at it.  Maybe I should empty the dishwasher and boom just like that, I was already away from my list.  I’ve had to reel myself in quite a few times but finally made the list.  Did everything get crossed off…definitely not, but it’s waiting there for me in the kitchen tomorrow morning.

The kids wanted to play, go for a walk, etc.  I felt like a bad mom…I just didn’t want to today.  “I have things I need to get done!”  I feel I NEED to have the house in order before Monday.  I can’t start the work week with a disorderly house because then I feel like my whole life is disorderly.  I try, very hard, to not beat myself up.  I am only one person.  But it just eases my mind, my nerves, everything….when things are in their place and crumbs aren’t on the floor.

So my confession….things are easier said than done.  I offer advice to myself and all of you in past blogs and yes, it is not easy for me and maybe not you either.  Even though I want everything done NOW…it just can’t happen that way…baby steps.

But this is one of the reasons I created this blog.  I need to figure myself out, and possible help someone else at the same time.  Everyone has their own type of issues going on in life…we can get through them, but it’s baby steps.

Remember, please share this blog if you like it or think it could help someone else!  Also, feel free to comment, offer feedback, or just to say hi!

#perkandpolkadots

~ K

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# 15 – Finding Balance

# 15 – Finding Balance

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I have been feeling like I am on a treadmill lately.  As soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, I do not stop until I go to bed.  I know many of you are in the same situation, all different circumstances.  When do we get a break?  I don’t want to rush my kids growing up, I need to have a job, food needs to be prepared, the dog has to go out, and on and on.  Ask anyone, they will say the same thing, “There are not enough hours in the day”.   And why is it that when you are home (like this week for example, I was recovering from having my gallbladder removed) the days have being FLYING by!  WTF is that all about!!!  Any who..

So what do we do?

These are my Goals for when I start back to work next week.  I want my days to be productive, organized, and planned (all to the best of my ability).  Could I be crazy for thinking this way…maybe.

  1. Make Lists

I find that if I write everything down that needs to get done, I can at least prioritize and check things off the list.  This includes EVERYTHING!  What I need to get done AND what I have to remember my kids need to have done for the week.  I use a planner and my phone’s calendar.  Overboard? Perhaps, but for some reason this works for me.

  1. Meal Plan

I’m so bad at this.  I say every week I will plan what we will eat each day and it never happens.  I have to sit down ask myself these questions:

  • What does our week look like afterschool?
  • What meals are we going to eat?
  • Is there anything I can make on the weekend/night before to make meal prep go faster?

Since being home, I have been able to make some pretty decent dinners, if I must say so.  So I actually sat down this morning and planned out dinner for next week and ordered groceries as needed (I get my groceries delivered…another time saver!)

  1. Organized Home

I was on a roll with organizing every nook and cranny of my house until I had my surgery.  Since then I have not been able to fully bend down to pick things up and clean and my children are not the best at cleaning up.  For some reason no one ever knows how the mess got there in the first place.  Now that I’m beginning to feel better, my hope is to get back on track.  It just makes me feel better to have a place for everything.  I have become obsessed with organization anything and everything for new tips and tricks.

These will be my goals starting tomorrow.  I will continue to build on this list, but also have to be practical at the same time.  So if you are like me and always chasing the clock, let me know your tips and tricks as well…would love to hear them!

~ K

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