10 things I do to stay on top of things

by - May 29, 2016

  1. Make lists: This way I feel on top of everything and at night when I can't sleep and my mind is racing, I simply write it down.  You can read my post earlier this month on my extreme checklisting strategies.

  2. Sunday Self Care Night:  This has become one of my favourite routines of the week.  I usually have a bath (I'm normally a showerer) I paint my nails, doing touchups all week.  I also do my face masks, pore cleansing and plucking and then I enjoy a glass of wine and an episode of Outlander.

  3. Laugh at myself:  I make mistakes, I do dumb things and I say things I regret, so it is extremely necessary that I can laugh at myself after.  Actually, I should change this prompt to just laughter in general.  It's so good for the soul, isn't it?

  4. Apologize to my kids: Sometimes I get really angry and tired and I lose all my steam, typically on my kids and at the end of a long week.  I am quick to apologize though if I feel I lost my cool and I think that's important for my kids to see.

  5. Make time for myself at the end of the day:  I have given up on expecting to get things done after I have put the kids to bed.  Usually Lucia is asleep by 745 and then Willis and I read together and I'm out of his room by 9.  Kids' bedtime routine is exhausting simply because I almost fall asleep each time and it's impossible to wake myself up enough to actually accomplish anything worthy after it's all said and done.  So now I have been enjoying some down time from 9-1030 which is usually blog stuff, reading or watching a TV show.

  6. Start my day with silence:  My 30-60 minutes in the morning is key.  I set my alarm for 6 am and get ready until 630.  Sometimes Lucia is up at 630, but she'll just cozy up with a blanket until 7 when I serve breakfast.  That 630-7 time is used for correcting cyber or crafting a blog post.  I have found that silence enjoyed with a cup of coffee and the melodies of birds to be a fantastic way to start my day.

  7. Prep everything the night before: I hate being rushed but even more than that, I hate being late.  So the night before work/school I will have all lunches ready, the coffee ready to go (it runs on a timer), breakfasts are all planned out and the bags are packed.  Most times my outfits are picked so I don't have to struggle with the picking and choosing.

  8. Exercise: I am finally in a routine of doing weights 2 times a week and cardio 3.  I feel a million times better and can really enjoy the off days.  I have also gotten out of the routine of eating at night which has been awesome.

  9. Reflection time:  I do a lot of thinking.  I pray too.  I write.  I think that time to just process the going-ons of your life is essential.

  10. Make time with my friends:  This is probably number 1 on my list right now.  I don't know what it is about these ladies but just being with them brings me down a level and makes me remember that I am capable.  We usually go out once a month be it for a birthday celebration or movie and popcorn and then yearly we take a trip together.  This year's trip is this weekend and I can't wait to share with you on Monday the going ons...in numbers style!

What would you add to this list of things you do to keep yourself from losing your marbles on the daily?

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  1. I can totally relate to so many of these. Sundays during the school year are definitely my do my nails night!

  2. I'm a list gal too! All very good tips, especially number 10!

  3. I need to implement some of these things ASAP!

  4. Great list - I have totally gotten away from doing the things that keep me sane. Which is probably why I'm so crazy right now. I especially like #10 and can't wait to hear about your trip!

  5. Yes! Starting the day with silence is a must!

  6. Sunday self-care is such a great idea. I had to giggle about you kinda falling asleep putting the kids to bed. I could so see myself doing that...Glad to know I'm not the only deep thinker and deep reflecting one. It's the only way I can really process life.

  7. #4 and #3 are huge ones for me. Probably because they happen the most frequently, lololol.

  8. Some of these things I already do (make lists like crazy) but many if these things I NEED to include in my day! Self-care, starting a day with silence- these sound so wonderful!

  9. Many great details to make your life easier... it's hard being a parent, but you've got the important things "scheduled out." Hah!

    I love lists, too!! So satisfying to cross things off!!

    All the Cute 🎀
    Today's Post: Day Trip: Chicago

  10. I always feel behind and these are great ideas! I try to make Sundays my "me" day too! I feel like the week gets off to a better start that way!

    Doused In Pink

  11. I love the Sundays are all about you time! Love that you do your nails, face masks, everything...I think I just try to squeeze everything in when Mr. is not around so when he is I can just hang with him. Which hardly ever works, but so far we've found a good routine and it seems to be working...I do like when the kids go to bed at their actual bed time instead of 30 minutes afterwards, that 30 minutes seems like so much time!

  12. Seriously, I don't know how you find the time to do all these things. I feel like I'm always rushing around, always behind, never on top of things. And yet I make lists, get up at 6:00, go to bed by 10. And I don't have little kids at home!
    Making the Most of Every Day


Have a lovely day!