With the start of a new year, I'm starting a new feature on my blog:
This year, I'm committing to stressing less and running more. There is a lot more that goes into it, I'll blog in more detail at a later date. But today, with this being the first full week of 2014, I want to commit seeing if I can get just a little more organized to help with that "stress less" piece.
Week One: Organize Me
With all the things that we do as mothers, our minds are filled to the brim with every little detail. It's time to work through what is clutter and clear out our minds to make ourselves feel better.
What I already do:
- Keep a journal. It doesn't have to be written in every day, but it's a good place to record thoughts, feelings, and general ideas about life. Those things you don't want to forget. Or those things that you need to just get out to feel better. To add to this piece, I also have a separate book where I list (daily... which is the HARD part) what I'm grateful for. Each night before I go to bed, I take out my gratitude journal and write: "Today I am grateful for..." and list one thing I am grateful/thankful for.
- Use my planner. Pictured above is the planner I bought myself for my birthday. It's pretty. I like pretty things. I also love the space that allows me to separate the pieces of my life: husband, kids, work, personal, exercise. There is a to-do list in the back, where I've created my master to do list.
- Getting at least seven hours of sleep. EVERY night. That every night thing is important, but it doesn't always seem to work out for me. This is a tough one. I'm focusing on these nine steps to improve my sleep. I just wish there was a way to work around the children who find it necessary to wake up 1-3 times a night!
- Schedule ME time. I'm committing myself to go to the gym more. It will be tough, because I think the only time that really works is 5 a.m.!!! Also, I will work on scheduling on weekend day a month to do something completely for me: massage, Reiki, head to the bookstore for a few hours, you get the idea.
- Make a daily to-do list each night before bed. That way, I know what needs to be done the next day, and thinking of things won't keep me awake at night. (Which will hopefully help with that seven hours of sleep thing...)