Life has been hard, to the point of exhaustion most days but I’ve been staying focused. My main method before was to-do lists on my phone that I never checked because I am old school and prefer pen and paper. However, those lists didn’t work well either because I used my pen to scribble on scratch pieces of paper that contributed to my mess. I took a break last December so I can take a hard look at my life and then started actively and furiously decluttering. I started with the hallway closet, my bedroom closet and drawers, the junk drawers, the kitchen cabinets, the laundry room and once I started, I became obsessed with this new act of decluttering. Why? Because less clutter means less mess and less cleaning. It also helped me focus and get out of the funk I had been in the entire year. Dealing with postpartum depression (yes, my sad confession) and then grief, made for a year in which I could hardly recognize myself. By the beginning of last month, I was able to scratch HOURS off of my week. This allowed me to do some projects for my home that I could never find the time for because I was always trying to clean up the clutter. It was an endless and tiresome cycle. But now I do have a bit of help. Thanks to my love of list-making and having to plan in advance in order to stay on track, I’ve gotten a Life Planner. Here are all the things I’ve been doing to stay on track.
This is something I’ve tried before but couldn’t actually master. Some weeks were better than other but even still, my grocery bill was super high. Using the planner, I plan and budget so that I can stay under an insanely low grocery budget. I also write down what coupons I have from the cartwheel app and clipping in coupons I have from other stores. I went from not knowing how much I spend to staying under $250 and yes, eating mostly clean.
I’m embarrassed to say that one of the reasons I needed to start being better was the fact that our daughter once told me about an event in school and made a point to tell me to put it in my phone because I forget everything. In the midst of trying to stay afloat, I was failing in my home life in every aspect. My memory was never perfect but I was too young to be so forgetful. Now, I schedule everything and everything that needs to be done that day to make it all work. Now guess who reminds who of school activities? Momma is back in full force.
This one is huge. Finance and budgets were never my strong suit. My forgetfulness didn’t help me there much either and being that I married a man who works in finance, I fell back on the trust that he knew better so I could forgive myself for not being better at that myself. While he enjoyed doing that and I am grateful, I do need to be better aware and more involved. So I did a little research and opened an account to exclusively pay down my student loan debt. In my life planner, I write down what is due, when, and what I extra I can pay to meet my goals of paying them off earlier.
While I have managed to keep the clutter and the mess under control, having a strict routine helps me keep it that way. In the planner, I write down what I need to clean on what day plus one project I need to take care of. I usually break the project down into small steps and plan it over the course of a week or even the month. Having a strict deadline helps me achieve more. Before, I use to write down a million things I wanted to do and either never could get to it or I would start but couldn’t finish. You burn out fast that way and lose all motivation. Setting small goals allows you to reach these little milestones and be more motivated to push forward.
Things are not perfect, some weeks I cannot hit every goal and others I plow right through them but since created a method to the madness, I have been able to do more in the past 2 1/2 months than I ever have before thus easing the stress of everyone at home, including myself. Things are much calmer these days when you aren’t stepping on toys and looking at a never ending to do list.
The Life Planner is part of Organizada, a series of planners for entrepreneurs, moms, homemakers, and influencers. I’ve been lucky enough to successfully have used some of these products and am happy to share them with you. This is not a sponsored post, this is real talk and basically me getting my shit together. Cheers.