Every January 1st I vow/resolve/whatever to be more organized.
And every year I fall short.
But this year things have changed for me.
Because since changing the way we eat meals and starting to sit down as a family (or mostly a family) for every meal, I have realized what I’ve been missing out on. I have been enjoying connecting with my kids. I have been enjoying slowing down and taking time to just be.
And I want to keep doing that.
Eating in the dining room has meant that I’ve also kept the dining room neat and organized since Thanksgiving.
And you know what?
It’s now the room everyone wants to be in. We don’t just eat in there now. We have even started playing board games around the table.
It just feels better to be in a room that isn’t a mess.
But the bills still need to get paid, so there is work to do and jobs to be at.
So time is limited.
And I am SO TIRED of using any of my time to do stuff that is unnecessary.
I am no longer willing to be disorganized. I am no longer willing to waste valuable time looking for things that I shouldn’t have to search for.
I need to be efficient if I want to have that quality time with my kids and also not be homeless.
This means changing habits.
It means doing the things I tell my kids to do.
It means holding my kids more accountable for contributing to cleaning and putting their stuff away.
It means leaving my phone out of the bedroom at night.
It means giving myself a bed time the same way the kids have a bed time.
It means getting rid of stuff that isn’t making me happy or improving the quality of my life.
It means staying consistent with exercise because when I exercise, I am much more disciplined in pretty much every other area of my life.
I know. This is so boring.
But so is looking for the same stupid sh*t over and over and over again or working out without socks or my headphones or a water bottle because I forgot to put them in my bag.
I guess I’ve reached bottom as far as wasting time goes.
If I’ve been doing it year after year after year, there has to have been some pay off. Or it didn’t bother me enough to really fix it.
But now I’m f*cking fixing it.
I didn’t do a complete overhaul overnight.
I started with my gym bag.
I was wasting A LOT of time packing up a gym bag every day, and almost always forgetting stuff in it.
That drives me insane and makes me kind of angry. Because it’s completely unnecessary.
I’ve now set myself up so that won’t happen anymore.
I’ll show you what I did tomorrow.
Until then, do you have something you unnecessarily waste time on every day?
If you have reached the breaking point in that department, maybe you can join me in making some changes!
Here’s to smarter and more efficient use of limited and valuable time in 2018!