Monday, January 7, 2013

I've been gone too long

For a few weeks in September I was unable to log in.  Then, life got busy and things had to go.  But, I just wanted to say that I'M BACK!!  I hope to find make the time to write again because there is so much stirring around in my head that I want to say.  Needless to say, we started potty training today so I don't know what the week or two holds for me, lol.

In the meantime, here are a few questions mulling about in my head and I want your replies to them...

Women, as far as your home is concerned:

1.  How do you manage your time?  (lists, daily schedule, fly by the seat of your pants, etc)

2.  What things stress you out?

3.  How do you prioritize?

4.  How do you keep from getting over-scheduled?

I'm working on something and need your help.  Thanks!!


  1. 1. If I want to get a lot done I have to make a list and prioritize it.
    2. A messy house. I can't concentrate on what needs to be done if my surroundings are messy and unorganized
    3. Choose what is the most important and do that first, and so on. I also consider how long something will take and the task itself. For example if I have one really important email and 3 not so important, I will lump them all together and give it a high priority. If I can multitask (have the laundry going while I pay bills, etc.) then I do that also. That being said, I will prioritize but then not follow through because I don't want to do the most important. :(
    4. Say no, which I'm also bad at.

  2. That is hilarious because I just asked your first question about 90 seconds on a facebook group of large LDS families. I said, Are you more like the Von Trapp family before Maria arrived or are you more Cheaper by the Dozen and flying by the seat of your pants. I'm a flyer, by the way.

    2. Messy House (Although sometimes I'm really much too good at zoning it out). Too many people needing to be in different places with not enough vehicles. When my husband is stressed out at work. Having other people in my house. Having to rely on other people to get things done--especially when they don't get done. Potty training (I'm all done with that, though!) Accidents (not done with that, unfortunately).

    3. I don't consistently priortize. But it's usually just biggest flames first. After facebook, of course.

    4. I don't keep from getting overscheduled. It just keeps happening. Well, I am not actually overscheduled myself. Nor are any of my kids over-scheduled. But when you put the ten of us and only two cars into a jar and shake, it usually means I'm overscheduled.

  3. 1. I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type gal. However, I keep a calendar. If it's not on the calendar, it is not in my schedule. I only look at one day at a time and I like to have only one thing per day outside the house on my schedule. If I overbook, when other things come up, as they always do, I'm not free to participate.

    2. Hardly anything. Even the wedding didn't stress me out until the day before, but then I had such fabulous people helping me <3 that there wasn't anything to fuss about.

    3. If it doesn't make me happy, it's not high on my priority list. My happiness is paramount to my family's happiness.

    4. The one thing a day thing. My kids aren't allowed outside of school activities until Jr. High.

  4. 1. Google Calendar and lists.
    2. Messy house and INTERRUPTIONS!!!
    3. By due date. The sooner it is due, the higher it is on the priority list.
    4. It helps being the one without the car. I tell people if they want to see me, they have to come over to my home. It's amazing how many things are suddenly not urgent. I do schedule things during time periods when I will have access to the car, but I always check my calendar first, never agree to anything without checking my calendar, and always overestimate the time it will take me to do something because I'm always dealing with INTWRRUPTIONS!!!

    (Yes, I know that more than one exclamation point is not correct, but in this post, it felt right.)

  5. I pretty much fly by the seat of my pants, but I am not a good measuring stick because I am way too laid back. As far as priorities, you get the really important things done and the rest will be there for you tomorrow. I am serious! Unless you are married to a Felix Unger from the Odd Couple, quit being so hard on yourself. Each morning you think about what needs to get done. Is it a package getting mailed to your missionary? If you waited in line at the post office for 2 hours and the rest of the day got absorbed with taking your little ones to the park and preparing dinner it was a successful day. Will the laundry still be there tomorrow? Yup, it always is, but you were a hero because you mailed the package, went to the park and ate together as a family. I will admit that lists do help me to accomplish more each day, but don't become obsessive. Life is too short.