Priorities

22 Jun

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To do listsource

I have to be honest… between raising my daughter, being a wife and daughter and sister and girl, maintaining my fitness, writing articles, running four blogs, and still trying to keep the house in some kind of order…

Well, I’m having a hard time.  I’m having trouble with prioritizing and time management.  I have a running to-do list that I keep going all the time and update as I finish things, but the problem is that a lot of the things I have to do need doing every day, so they don’t get put on the list because it would irritate me to cross them off and add them back every day.  And if you’re a list maker too, you know it’s ridiculous to consider adding them to the list and then not crossing them off.  Just typing that made me kittery.

So how do you do it?  Whether you work, stay home, raise kids, herd goats… how do you get it all done in a day?  I’m especially interested in tips from people who have a non-traditional work schedule/environment (i.e. you work from home or Starbucks or you’re home during the day and work at night…) because I feel like it’s harder to maintain order at home, but I know you all probably have some ideas and I’d love to hear them all!

I’ve thought about trying to schedule my day, but life with a one year old is extremely difficult to schedule.  She is *generally* asleep at the same time every day, which is usually when I blog/Facebook/Twitter… so I try to get as much done during those times as I can…

So tell me how you do it, super people.  Tell me how you get through your day and make sure that at least the most important things get done.  Tell me how you manage to get through the week without letting the same things (ahem… laundry) go by the wayside over and over until you’re crushed by a mountain of your own sweaty workout clothes.

I’m up for anything, so tell me what works for you!

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5 Responses to “Priorities”

  1. a June 22, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    I make my priority list very small. Eating – yes. Preparing complex meals – maybe. Brushing my teeth – yes. Showering – maybe. Cleaning – if I feel like it. Playing – definitely.

    I also like to break things down. I may start the laundry at 8 am, put it in the dryer at 8 pm and fold it the next day. If I am making something complex for dinner, I try to get the prep work done during nap time. There are just some things I rarely worry about (hello, dusting!). Work outs are done veeeeerrrry early – before anyone else gets up. I don’t make lists, though – they just annoy me. :)

    Just figure out what’s really important, and then work the rest of the stuff in around it…

  2. Emily June 22, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I love to-do lists, and inherited from my mother a very strange habit… If we did something that *wasn’t* originally on the list, we’d write it on there just to cross it off!

    The clutter/undone chores definitely get to me, so I have my Five Things Rule. When I leave or pass through a room, I try take with me 5 things that don’t belong there, and put them where they DO belong.

    It’s a manageable number (one basket of laundry totally counts as 5 things), it keeps me sane in little bits, it and it keeps things from ever going too far, which in turn keeps me from having to spend two solid hours (which, let’s be honest, I never have consecutively–and I don’t even have kids!) straightening up and getting exasperated.

  3. Michelle | Bleeding Espresso June 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Thanks for the mention :D

    I think it helps to have a list of just a few ABSOLUTE must-dos for the day so you know you’ll at least get those done.

    Lots of things can wait until tomorrow, the next day, whenever, so I think it’s also important not to beat yourself up if the dishes aren’t done when you go to bed (or whatever your particular pet peeve thing is)…some things just really *don’t* need to be done NOW so cut yourself some slack on those…and for those things that have to be done daily, do try to schedule them as best you can. It gets to be habit after just a few days, and somehow actually makes me more productive when I know I have certain blocks of time for work.

  4. Brandee June 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    I. Hate. Laundry. Seriously, laundry will be the death of me. Anyway, I’m in the same boat – some things are impossible to do when they’re awake, but I also don’t want to spend the precious hours of naptime doing chores. The main thing I’ve been doing is cleaning little bits here and there throughout the day… not letting things pile up. I’m trying to teach Owen & Ella to clean up one thing before moving on to the next, and that helps too… But I never really feel caught up! It probably has a lot to do with our personalities too – I think we’re very similar, type A, list-making (I add stuff to my list that I’ve already done, just to have another item to cross off, too! Oh my…), must-have-things-completely-finished people. :] Let me know if you find any good solutions!

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