In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Week in review–slacking off

The Good

I have been getting my work outs in.  I’ve been increasing my mileage and still maintaining an average of 11 min miles.  I’ve been spending more time with work since I missed so much last week.    I feel on top of things now, although today and tomorrow will be a busy day.  The meals are going well.  Meal planning and grocery shopping takes so much less time.  Soon I need to draft my menu plan for October.

The Bad

I have been slacking off with organization and blogging about organization.  I get home from work, eat, and get a workout in.  Then I just want to relax.  And lately I’ve been letting myself.   I know most of the cleaning tasks don’t take much time and I’d feel better getting something done.   The house is a mess and I haven’t dealt with the clutter we moved out of the guest room and into our bedroom.  Its starting to bug me.

The Plan

I remember one of my grad school teachers stating that “Success breeds success.”  How true that is.  Once I’m out of the habit of cleaning (or most things really),  I stop doing it and forget how nice it feels to get stuff done or exercise.  So for today and tomorrow–sprint clean to get ready for my mom coming.  Luckily she will love me no matter what so it doesn’t have to be spotless.  This weekend—enjoy the weekend with my mom without taking a complete break from getting stuff done or letting the basics slip.  Next week—-hope for a better sense of balance and maintain the exercise and food success.

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Change of Plans

Not sure what I thought my week would be like, but not this. My daughter is sick. So yesterday, I picked her up and stayed home with her in the morning and then returned to work in the PM. Today I am home the whole day.   Trying to do a mix of getting stuff done and relaxing.  Luckily my daughter slept a fair amount.  As I began feeling like my daughter was on the mend and life isn’t that bad, the daycare calls and says my oldest is sick.  My kids are sick and I’m trying to figure out my new job.  I’m stressed out (and probably over reacting a bit).

My mind keeps racing to the evil “what if”    What if I use up all of my sick days?  What if I don’t get stuff I need to done for my job? The list keeps going and going and gets less and less realistic. I do have trouble bouncing back to my goals after an unplanned event (trip, illness, etc).  I get out of the habit of doing the things I should and get less and less motivated.  Then I don’t want to start over—so I stop.  Hopefully that won’t happen this time with the organizing and fitness.  Right now my goals are breathing and solving the problems that are here.  Not the problems that may or may not come in the future.

I know all will be just fine in time.  Just a rough week.  Hope yours is going better!


Trip update

  • Made it to our destination—-the girls were happy the entire way.  Picked up race packets. Relaxing evening with family.
  • Oldest girl woke up MULTIPLE times.   Luckily she is back to sleep.  The first night at a new place is always rough for her.   She is still asleep now as far as we know.    Keep your fingers crossed.
  • Left the house in a complete mess!  I thought ahead for groceries and laundry, but not cleaning.  Reclaiming the main level and folding the laundry that was done this week are the main priorities for Sunday and Monday.

How is your weekend going?

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Getting ready for a short road trip. Hopefully we can head out the door when we want to. Will we leave in time? How will the drive go? Will I be able to get the house caught up from not having the time to work on it this weekend? Stay tuned 🙂

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Chores 33% 5k 100%

  • I am slightly behind on the chores for today.  I did a load of laundry.  I still have to fold it and put it away, but I put away a load from yesterday.  I didn’t clean the bathroom or the glass tables though.  They go pretty fast so I should be able to do that tomorrow.


  • I did get my 5K done on the treadmill.   It wasn’t pretty—I was unmotivated and walked a few times, but I went all 3.1 miles.  It ended up being a decent time for me.   I hope I can get more consistent so I can see my progress and increase my mileage.


  • I also sent some emails that I needed to get sent for work.  I still have three to send in the AM because there were multiple people with the same last name in the database and I wasn’t sure which one worked at the school I’m at.

Well I’m off to eat an ice cream sandwich and then shower and then bed.  The weekly planning seems to be helping.  Much more mentally manageable than a weekly todo list.  Have a great day!  I’d love to hear your organizational successes and setbacks.



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Week in Review

It’s the end of my second week of back to work.  I feel like I’ve gotten into a rhythm with daycare and going back to work.  I have a better idea of what I need to do in the morning, but I should wake up the girls a little bit earlier.  I’ve been enjoying some lazy morning time in the morning, but cutting it a little close arriving to my work.  I feel like I am transitioning out of the need to survive and into a place where I can plan for success.  Make a plan or plan to fail time.

  • The meal plan has been going well.  This week I will be having Ravioli, Weiner Beaner Loaf (sandwich), Beef Stroganoff, and Italian Dunkers (Are recipe names capitalized? Do they need to be underlined or in quotes?  It looked odd if I didn’t capitalize it, but I wasn’t sure what grammar requires).  I’ve made all but one of the meals I’ve planned for the last two weeks.  I may make it this weekend or I may use the chicken for something else.  I am going to start a list of recipes to add to next month’s plan.
  • I met with a personal trainer for a free consultation.  I enjoyed it.  He gave me some exercises to work on my stability and muscles that are out of balance from running or having kids.  He’s also going to send me a heart rate training program and gave me pointers on my running form.  I ran 2.75 miles at the Y on Thursday which is more than I have been doing lately. It wasn’t in a row, but hopefully I can keep it up.  I’m hoping this combined with my Corn Maze 5K will motivate me to get into a more consistent exercise routine and to push myself harder.
  • The house has slipped so hopefully I can get back under control this weekend and get back into doing some of those cleaning tasks done so it’s not a sprint to get it done on the weekend.
  • We are taking a road trip to one of my husband’s inline skate marathons next weekend.  They are fun to watch; he goes about 20 mph.  I am getting to know some of the skaters so its more fun to gab with them and cheer on the ones that I know.   So packing is on the to-do list for next week

Now to plan out my weekend and next week so I can make progress on all my goals and still have time to hang out with my girls, husband, and relax.  So hopefully I can find a balance and not neglect one area of my life or burn out.  Have a great day!

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Cleaning Fun

Hopefully this is a sign that my daughter will be better at cleaning than I am.

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Survival/meal plan

Well I am half way through with my first week. Man I’m tired. I didn’t get as much as I planned done, but I did squeeze in a run, clean a bathroom, washed a load of laundry, and tidy the main level. Not a lot, but more than lying on the couch after a long day.

I’m trying a new meal system. I was reading an organizational book and they suggested rotating a total of 20-28 meals. That way there is minimal planning and you have each meal 12-13 times a year. There are some meals I probably have more than that just because I’m lazy. He also suggested having a theme night for each day of the week—chicken, international, leftovers, meatless etc.

I’m doing a modified version of the plan. I printed out a monthly calendar and planned for just 1 month at a time. I don’t know that I have that many meals that I love enough to have monthly. So far the themes are Mexican/Italian, Sandwich (pizza, wrap, sandwich, etc), and Chicken/fish (we a lot of beef in our house). I have one more day a week that I just pick a recipe and put it on the chart. The rest of the days are open to grab whatever looks good at the store, eat frozen meals, or leftovers. So far I’ve planned the week, and cooked a few meals from my list. I’m hoping it makes me more purposeful with my meals and reduces the time I spend browsing cookbooks and making grocery lists. I’ll update you as I try the system more.

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