As a “stay-at-home-mom,” my primary job is caring for my family and managing my home. But you certainly wouldn’t know it by how I spend my time. Honestly, the cleaning, cooking, laundering of my job bores me to no end. I would rather do pretty much anything than fold my family’s laundry. Which is why my mom spent three hours folding the laundry that I let pile up in my bedroom last weekend (thanks, Mom!).
After seven years as a homemaker, you’d think I would have figured out some sort of a system to get the mundane parts of my day finished more efficiently. But I’m fairly undisciplined, so all of these tasks take me forever. I’m realizing that I need a new system. Rather, I need to create a system to get all of the boring stuff done.
Here’s my new plan: I am going to use two of my favorite activities, blogging and chatting with my friends, as the motivator. I can’t do the fun stuff until I get the following completed:
- all people, including me, fed breakfast and dressed
- breakfast dishes done
- dinner planned
- one load of laundry folded and put away (seriously, the one thing I detest the most)
- living and dining room picked up
My house is fairly uncluttered, so these tasks (apart from my kids eating, which takes forever) should take me about 1.5 hours.
I am looking forward to being able to wake up before my kids and completing most of these tasks without interruption. But right now my baby is still waking up 5-7 times a night to eat, so sleeping until he wakes up needs to be my priority. Clearly we need to do some sleep training soon so Mama can keep her sanity. (UPDATE: Just read a post on waking up early. Very motivating!)
Why am I sharing this? It may be quiet around here some mornings as I force myself to keep my family and “job” as my first priority. There may be more posts in the afternoon for awhile, especially as I convince my chunky baby that nursing every 90 minutes in the middle of the night is indeed not necessary.
And some of you struggle as I do. What tasks to you need to get done before you hit the blogosphere, Facebook or go to work?
Leave a comment! I’d love to hear what your daily priorities are!
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