I have given myself the challenge of trying to create more order in my life. There are areas where I manage well and others where I fail dismally and cause me stress. I would love nothing more, than to have routines and habits that enable life to just flow better. I am hoping that by posting everyday the various areas that need I feel improvement, that it will keep me accountable and I will achieve my to do list for once in my life.
I have mentioned before that I like my to do lists. So in true me style, I spent 1 and 1/2 an hour on the weekend making my plan for the month:
Starting big, working my way down.
What do I need to do to create order that will bring peace to my heart?
Various things came to mind, so I have broken them down into themes for each week day.
Monday: What’s in the week?
I find I need Monday, to revover from the weekend.I try and keep the weekend low keyed and family orientated, to such an extent I do nominal housekeeping tasks, and I try not to ask too much of the kids. Generally speaking then, the house is usually a tip, come Monday morning.
So I’m keeping this on my list, using it as an opportunity to consolidate on routines I try to do, so the house almost runs itself!
Week One: Menu planning
Week Two: Evening Routine
Week Three: Afternoon Routine
Week Four: The Week Ahead
I volunteer at the school allotment and Tuesday afternoons is when we meet at the plot. I also run 1st Tokyo Cub and Beaver pack. I use my Tuesday mornings to tackle the planning, preparation and and if I have time, some of the course work I need to do to achieve my wood badge. (Yip- more paperwork/admin!!) As my Tuesdays are already quite full, I am limiting them to tasks that are on my To Do List and hopefully won’t take too long.
Week One: Christmas To Do List
Week Two: Christmas Shopping
Week Three: Creating a Laundry Routine/ Organising the Laundry Room
Week Four: Christmas Cards
OK- Maybe they will take longer than I’d like them to be… Ho Hum!
Wednesday: Tackling the biggies
My children have after school clubs on a Wednesday, which means that I drop them off at 8:15 and only see them again from 4:30. Effectively, this means that I have from 9am-4pm to get a LOT done. So, I am going to allocate my next 4 Wednesdays to tackling the Biggies, starting with my nemesis.
Week One: Tackling the Paperwork
Week Two: Organising the children’s artwork
Week Three: Photograph Organisation
Week Four: Organising our home office.
I am trying to focus on my health at the moment. I don’t know how much of my depression, plantar fasciitus or back pain is diet related. Since moving to Tokyo, I have gained 10kg, that much weight isn’t going to help any foot/ back pain, or self confidence issues which then can impact the mood. I am currently trying to reduce my calorific intake, but I want to make lifestyle changes too. I want to get off the yoyo dieting bandwagon and model to my girls the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
Week One: Fluid
Week Two: Intake
Week Three: Rest
Week Four: Exercise
Friday: Ready for the weekend.
This is a bit like Monday. If we are going away for the weekend, I try and use the Friday to get organised, have the house tidy, laundry all up to date etc. It is also a good time for me to get the car sorted. ‘A’ hates sharing a car with me, as most often it is a mobile garbage truck. I have been trying to improve (and am getting there- Hooray), and would like to start giving the car a fortnightly hoover and monthly wash.
Week One: Home
Week Two: Car
Week Three: Bags
Week Four: Planning
Now that you’ve seen the ideas- lets begin:
Besides, needing to catch up from the weekend on a Monday, I also like to spend some time planning for the week ahead. This helps me feel like I have more control over my life.
My main focus at the moment is my health and diet, so I am kicking off the challenge with meal planning. I am trying to cut gluten out of my diet to see whether it effects my depression and mood. My biggest challenge with no gluten are the breakfasts as I LOVE my cereals! I have found that eggs for breakfast do keep me fuller for longer, but there are limits as to how many mornings I can enjoy boiled eggs for breakfast.
Lunches can be an issue too, as I get a bit bored of salads, so I would like to come up with some more ideas. I also need to make lunches for the children every day, and they are also very hungry when they return from school, so planning a healthy snack for them would be a good idea too.
Weekend meals is another where I fall off the healthy eating wagon, as we tend to eat out at least once (so I don’t have to cook), and gluten features on most menus.
So today’s challenge is to plan a month’s worth of meals, this will include the lunch boxes for the children. There are various menu planners on the web. I like this one from Organizing Home Life or head over to Intentional By Grace, where Leigh Anne has found over 150+ printables, including a variety for menu planning.
I have created my own monthly planner, which is a bit bigger than I planned it to be. I haven’t yet mastered how to attach printables, but should you want a copy of my planner (which I show you this evening) please leave me a comment and I will get in touch.
Happy Meal Planning!