How to Catch Up When You’re Behind

Ugh.

Wow, so the past few days have not been good for my goals. First of all the dryer hose broke. Twice. Second, my baby, M2, decided that yesterday was a great night to stay up until 2:00 a.m. Lovely.

So, two nights ago, I did go to bed at 10:30 but think I was probably awake until around 11:00–I did some reading on my phone and chatted with the hubs. Last night, I was in bed at 10:30, but, as stated, M2 wanted a midnight party. Grr.

Sleep wise, I can’t do anything when my son decides to stay awake fussing. If I leave him in his bed to cry it out, he will keep the whole house awake, and he can sleep by himself, so I knew that it was something else. However, what I did *not* do, both nights, was set my phone to 9:45 p.m. to remind me to go upstairs. When this happens, I panic when it gets close to that time and keep checking the clock and then I fight it the rest of the night, so even though I have been in bed by 10:30, I have not been following my plan which was to go upstairs at 9:45, get ready for bed, and be in bed by 10:00. Right now, I am going to set my phone for 9:45 p.m. so that I don’t get all panicked and start fighting it. I am going to let technology do the work. If you are joining me on this plan, I encourage you to pick a time to set your phone alarm for to remind you to head upstairs to get ready for bed.

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

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Still waiting. You thought I was joking, didn’t you?

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Okay, get off of Facebook now. (See, I know you–I did this, too!).

Anyway, now my phone is set for tonight. Go me. And while you’re doing that, go ahead and set it on repeat for every day, so that you don’t have to do it again. Good job!

High five!

Now, as for laundry, I had two loads to take care of. One was from yesterday which was my son’s, M1’s, bedding because he had an accident. It was in the dryer thanks to my wonderful husband fixing the dryer. So I went upstairs and made his bed even though my M2 was sleeping (which usually freaks me out because I didn’t want to wake him up, but that’s an excuse–he’d been sleeping for a while. If he got up it would be okay). I also had to start today’s laundry, so I sorted all of the clothes, picked out some to put in the wash, and put the rest back in the hamper. Finally, I needed to mop the bathroom before I put the rugs back down, so I did that (that was the last thing I needed to do before writing this blog and drinking my yummy Keurig coffee). The bathroom floor is probably dry now, so I can go ahead and put them down when I go up. I did have to rewash the towels just because they were crunchy from not running them through the dryer with a dryer sheet. And I also need to finish today’s load: dry and fold. After I am done here, I will go downstairs and switch the laundry as well.

So, that’s it for the day.

Wish me luck on the going to bed on time thing. Prayers that M2 actually sleeps!

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My Keurig Helps Me Do More Things

My husband bought be a Keurig for my birthday, and I swear that just having it in the house helps me do more things. I see it, and it motivates me to work hard because I am thankful that I have it.

Other things I am motivated by: taking a shower, doing laundry (which is why I figured I would start with that as my week 1 goal), and organizing some small area of my house. What about you? What sorts of things motivate you to get out of a particular slump that you are in? Whatever it is, I would encourage you to find that thing and then do it/use it before beginning your daily goals, whether that is 1 goal or several. Even though I am new to making myself do the things, I do know that our bodies thrive on routine–I’ve read this, and I have experienced it in my own life. Find your thing. Then do the things.

So, did I accomplish my task of completing one load of laundry yesterday? Yes, from start to finish. However, because I had laundry in the wash and dryer, I actually folded two other loads of laundry as well. One thing I don’t want to do throughout this process is to push myself so that I burn out. But in order to get that one load of laundry done, I needed to get the other loads out of the day. From here on out, I will only do one load of laundry a day as a part of my goal.

Also, I figured out that if I need to finish the laundry by the time my husband gets home, I need to start the laundry at 4:30 p.m. at the latest. One of the things I really struggle with in my procrastination is a sense of time. I had to make myself think, “Okay, it takes 30 minutes to wash a load and an hour to dry. Plus I need about 20 minutes to fold the load and put it away. Working back from 6:30, and building in an extra 30 minutes just in case (read: I have toddlers), I need to start the laundry by 4:30 at the latest.” Today is Saturday, so my husband is already home, but I am still going to make it a goal to get the laundry going by 4:30.

And now… the proof that I actually did the laundry yesterday:

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The dirty, stinky laundry needing to be washed, dried, folded, and put away. Ew.

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The nice clean clothes, sitting on my bed waiting to be folded and put away!

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Folded. Well, some of them. I fold them in sections: mine, my husbands, the kiddos.

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All done! And, no, I did not just move the laundry off the bed. I know that you all were thinking that…

So, today’s goal: Another load of laundry. Specifically, I am going to wash our sheets because they have been needing it.

Ah, falling to sleep in a nice clean bed tonight will definitely be a good reward for completing my daily goal!