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Get Your Sh*t Together: How to get it all done

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Have you ever wondered how to “get it all done”?  Or if “getting it all done” was even possible? I work full-time, I’m a wife and mommy to two very active little boys, and I’m building this blog into a full-time gig. There is never enough time for all the things I want to, but I have had a lot of people ask how I manage to handle everything that I do accomplish on the daily.

The thing is, I didn’t always get everything done. I used to be extremely disorganized, hardcore procrastinator, and okay with just surviving my days. I thought being late or disorganized or constantly behind was fine (even normal) because I was working and had a baby, but I realized the legacy I was teaching my son was just to survive. I decided just surviving wasn’t going to be one of the life lessons I wanted to leave my son, and I could actually accomplish so much more with my life if I just applied a small amount of diligence. Discipline and reaching goals are definitely traits I want to teach!

With a little big of planning, I’ve figured out how to actually put the tedious parts of life on autopilot to create space for the best moments. I call this weekly practice my  “Get Your Sh*t Together” (or GYST day), and it’s become my favorite day of the week!

I realized that the things that took up the most time in my week were small, mundane events I had been avoiding or didn’t plan ahead for during the week. Since Monday is a new work week, Sunday seemed like the best time to GYST.

Between my family, my work, and building this blog, a lot of my time and energy is focused on big things. I tend to procrastinate the shorter tasks during the week (like paying bills, renewing library books, etc). I know they are important and only take a tiny amount of time, but for whatever reason I’m just not as likely to take the time to do them during the week.

Basic Food Prep

My GYST days start with food, because of course it does. I loooooooove food! And coffee. But you already knew that.

We usually do our grocery shopping on Saturdays, so I start off Sundays with a fully stocked kitchen. I go through all the groceries and create a basic (flexible) meal plan and start to prep some breakfast foods. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I like to have plenty of options ready for me to create a big meal quickly. Typically, my breakfast involves my coffee, a smoothie, and some sort of baked goods. On Sundays I like to do all my baking for the week, so I’ll usually make at least one batch of muffins or breakfast bread (usually either pumpkin or banana, depending on what I have on hand). Once the batter goes in the oven, I clean up the kitchen and will either start a batch of brown rice or throw a few chicken breasts in the Instant Pot.

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The Necessary Computer Work

With the food going in the kitchen and the kitchen cleaned up, I’ll sit down and pay the bills. This only takes a few minutes and takes a huge load off my shoulders. It’s amazing how important financial fitness is to mental health!

Since I’m sitting already, now is the time I pull out my planner and look over the week. Any appointments, social events, and deadlines are reviewed and planned for appropriately. I have a running list of blog topics and networking opportunities going on a page in my planner, and I review those and map out the following week. January was all messed up with illnesses, but thankfully we are getting back on track in February and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s safe to say I love routine and I thrive on checking off my to-do lists!

I also take this time to do any necessary paperwork, or prepare mail to be sent. Any important documents, handwritten notes to friends, or blogging paperwork is prepped and ready to be taken to be sent on Monday.

Self Care

After all of this is done, it’s time for some self care. When I was single, Sunday used to be my home spa days. Now with two little boys creating chaos over here, usually the best I can do is maybe a bentonite clay mask and filing my nails. If I get really lucky, sometimes I can get my nails painted, but I only risk that if both boys take a nap at the same time. Whatever I do, it’s important that I set aside at least 5 minutes for something just for me. I’ve noticed a direct relationship between how I feel about myself and how I react to stressful situations or interact with my little family. If I feel gross and run-down, I’m not as patient or giving as when I have taken a minute to prepare myself mentally and put myself together.

The best part about GYST days is that they are relaxing while being incredibly productive. The idea is not to start the week in a stressful way with a long list of to-do items, but to calmly prepare for a good week by taking care of a few key things before they have a chance to become problems.

Obviously, the decision of what to include in your GYST day is completely up to you, but I would recommend at least some basic meal preparation and something for self-care. This sets up your week for success immediately.

The benefits of a GYST day are exponentially increased when you are intentional about each day. Creating a functional morning routine and an evening routine gives you even more success and space throughout your days to reach whatever goals you are working towards, and will absolutely skyrocket your productivity (and keep you sane through it all)!

Do you have a weekly routine that helps you? Leave me a comment!

Settling Into Life, and June/July goals

Happy July!

We have lived in our little house for almost a full month now, and while we are still refining our routine, we seem to have found a natural rhythm. We are all making friends, participating in community activities. Tristan goes to toddler reading time each week and absolutely loves it! Peter goes to the gym in the mornings before I go to work, which allows us to have evenings free as a family. Peter also plays for my facility’s softball league this season, so Monday-Thursday evenings we can typically be found at the field for practices and games.

We have committed to a healthier, more plant-based diet for our family and have found it surprisingly inexpensive and easy to do. Check out our produce-heavy shopping trip this week!

Sunday mornings have become my “prep” days, where I batch-prepare most of what we will eat for the week. I cut up fruit, hard-boil eggs for lunches and snacks, and prepare healthy breakfasts for grab-and-go in the mornings. I also take this time to mentally plan out a rough meal plan for my lunches that I bring to work and our weekly supper menu.

We are officially 29 weeks, and for the most part I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve started dealing with some SPD pain in the past couple weeks, but that has almost completely resolved by being consistent with my prenatal routine (more on that soon!) and using a maternity support belt.

Now, let’s look at my poor, ignored 2017 goals:

2017 Goals Progress:

Personal Goals

Complete the 15 Days to a Healthier You challenge in January This was so beneficial for me. It was much more holistic than I had anticipated and I’ve really been mindful of more aspects of health since this course. I’m drinking more water, processing emotions (something that is very difficult for an ESFP personality type like me since we prefer to be happy all the time, even if that means that we have to ignore issues or just hope they go away). Crystal will be hosting another challenge later in the year; be sure to sign up to be notified for the next round!
Complete 2 yoga challenges and 1 CouchTo5k challenge. I found a prenatal yoga routine on Youtube that I really enjoy doing, I just haven’t done it consistently. The CouchTo5k might have to move to next year, since with my SPD I’m proud of myself for walking consistently. And I made that goal before I knew I was pregnant.
Quit coffee for the month of January. I felt really good about giving up my coffee, and it was a good experience. I drink it daily again, but it’s because I truly enjoy it, not to avoid headaches.

Family Goals

Save a certain amount (I will update you all on our progress by %). We are 69% of the way to our savings goal for 2017!
Take an actual family vacation. We had a wonderful family vacation to Branson, MO before we moved to Nevada!
Find a meal plan system that works for us and stick with it. We are loving the plant-based lifestyle!

Business Goals

Get my blogging/writing done early before my family wakes up. I’m hoping to get started with this again now that we are settling into routine!
Complete 2 Pinterest improvement challenges. Keep track of numbers before and after to see if it’s making any difference. Not started yet.
Stick to an organizing system for income and expenses. Not started yet.
Transition to a different hosting platform for the blog. Done! Now hosting through Siteground, and their customer service is amazing!
Post in CHL at least 2 days/week. This will be happening again soon!
Send at least one newsletter a week This did not happen at all. But I will get on a schedule!
Submit at least one freelance/guest blog post every week. This also did not happen at all in June with everything transitioning.

 

Hopefully there won’t be too many surprises in July and I can actually get these goals accomplished! It sure would be nice to get to check some things off.