Posted in Determination, Time management

Routines

Time has been on my side lately. Within the past two weeks, I’ve given myself more opportunities to set myself up for better days. I’ve set aside time every day to clean, get myself ready for work and have breakfast; this is a step up from my regular routine, which was basically getting out of my bed in just enough time to look decent for work.

No, I didn’t complete the 30 day plank challenge, but I did stick to my word when it came to cleaning 30 minutes a day! Baby steps! My mornings feel less overwhelming now. In fact, I feel extremely relaxed, even when I have to plop myself at my desk and pay bills.

To add on, I recently came across an article by Allure about a woman with “glass skin”. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here. I became obsessed with this because I suffer from adult acne and psoriasis, so finding products that help with my dry, yet oily and acne prone skin is a challenge.

I typically wash my face twice a day, which I started a habit of about a year ago. Now let’s not go crazy and say that I still don’t fall asleep with makeup on, because I’m only human and I break this habit every now and then. But, when I find something that works, I typically stick with it pretty well.

Anyways, I was in a really good mood yesterday and decided to head to the store to pick a couple of these out. I’m not a 5 step woman. My ideal skin care routine consists of 2 or 3 super quick and simple steps and/or products. Therefore, I opted in for the makeup wipes, exfoliating scrub and hydrating cleanser. I already have a super awesome wash-off charcoal face mask from my Mary Kay days that I use once every month or so. Going forward, I am definitely going to try using it at least once a week. I’m on day two and 3 uses and, so far I’m very happy with the way my face feels.

I need to push myself to clean my makeup brushes more than once a month, too, because I feel like this contributes to my acne.

Better days are coming! Stay posted and thanks for sticking around!

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Posted in Determination, Time management

Habits!

So, here I am, about to tell you about habits when I haven’t posted in almost a year. Well, in those 9 months, a lot has happened! We moved out of our little box of a 1 bedroom apartment and into a comfortable 3 bedroom – space isn’t much of an issue anymore, but organizing always will be.

Does everything need a home? I don’t believe so. It certainly is an awesome feeling walking into a hosts’ home seeing zero clutter, but is it really that easy? I don’t think so either. So, with a bigger place and two people to clean, we’ve noticed it takes about 3 hours a week to clean (if you leave it all to one day – which we typically do).

Nowadays, I absolutely suck at doing what I say I’m going to do, and I’ll tell you why. Within the last week, I’ve told myself I’m going to do yoga for thirty minutes every day, and in that time, I’ll use 5 minutes to do planks (part of a thirty day challenge). I’ve also said I’m going to use thirty minutes a day to tidy up the house. None of these things have happened. Well, I’m lazy, but I realized if I don’t make it a habit, these things just become something I only talk about doing.

The only thing I can say I still do on a weekly basis is a budget. I don’t think I can ever let that go. At least I still have one thing going for me.

I’d be lying if I said “today is a new day and I’m a changed woman!”. I’m not a perfect person. Between working and dealing with every day obstacles, I haven’t made much of an effort to do things I love doing or things that are good for me, either. I’m sure the majority of people can relate to this struggle.

I can only take things one day at a time. Baby steps. Because, Rome wasn’t built in one day. Until then, I’m happy I posted today and maybe some time soon I’ll post again. 🙂

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Moving On

Hey everyone! Well, I guess by now you all figured out that I did not keep my promise to post more often; Forgive me!

While I haven’t been slipping on my organizational skills, I do need to work on my procrastination… The struggle.

Last year, I told you about my wedding and there has since been a strong desire to move out from a relatives home – why do we have to adult? Anyways, that’s where my time has been going; scheduling viewings, filling out applications, following up with landlords, re-visiting postings and mourning because someone else got the apartment we wanted. We have realized that finding an apartment that met all of our expectations and dreams was not the most realistic. There have been so many conversations about what we are willing to sacrifice to the point where I’m sure we have gone completely opposite to what we were looking for last year. Oh, well! During this time, keeping everything organized was one of the only things keeping me sane.

I’ve tried quite a few things until I found something that worked both for myself and my husband.

Chart

Contact name Phone number Address Rent Deposit Utilities Cats* Cat deposit Laundry in-unit Reserved parking*

I created a chart of all the essentials we needed to ask when we started reaching out to places. Our chart included things that were mandatory and things that we could settle without, such as parking (which contained an asterisk [*] next to it to show this was mandatory), laundry in-unit, cats allowed*, deposit, pet deposit, utilities, etc. We also included columns for contact name, phone number and location address. Keeping a chart kept us VERY organized. But one thing we kept running in circles about was trying to figure out what the location looked like, so this urged us to go a step further.

Folder

Smead 75688 Assortment Colored File Jackets - Letter - 8.50

[Image retrieved from Walmart.com]

The next thing we did was get a folder. I picked this one up at Wal-Mart and it was just a couple of dollars. I started printing out the listings that we were finding online, including pictures and notes with who to contact. Over time I started handwriting notes if we reached out to someone, had scheduled a viewing, what we thought about it and if we decided to apply, as well as when we were anticipating on hearing back from the landlord. On top of that, I organized the listings by favorites by putting the ones we were most interested in in the front and least in the back.

In this folder, I also included copies of documents I knew they would ask us for, like paycheck stubs. Overall, these tools have helped us dramatically with keep everything we need in neat little places!

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Sticking to the Plan

Hey everyone! It has been a really long time since I’ve posted anything! In March of 2015, I was proposed to get married and needless to say, that had consumed a lot of my time. Now that my dream wedding has come and gone, I am back because I have missed sharing my thoughts with you all!

Also, as I am sure you have noticed my posting are quite long, so in effort to keep your attention, I will aim to make these shorter. Now let’s get to it!

Sticking to the plan!

Scenario: How many times have you come home from work and plopped yourself on the couch until it was time for bed? You feel relaxed and distressed, but what have you truly accomplished? Dinner still needs to be cooked, laundry needs to be washed, dried and put away (the horror!) and continuously putting those things off only makes it more dreadful to do when you finally decide you aren’t going to procrastinate anymore. I’m going to help you find ways to get things done even when you feel overwhelmed.

Before my husband and I left for our honeymoon, we had moved twice. Our things were everywhere; in boxes, bags, storage unit – it was a disaster. We hadn’t even opened our mail! Everything was just so hectic because we not only were confused about where our things were, but we were planning for a wedding and had trouble finding time for the little things. A weekend to relax was always a weekend spent meeting with family to prepare for the Big Day, getting together with DJ’s, photographers and wedding coordinators. Something I have learned along the way is to get done with the little things while they are still little.

pile_of_mail

Mail: DO NOT just pile mail in a shoebox and get to it when the box is overflowing! I have learned the hard way. If you are like me, you know what day your bills are due and how much you need to pay off the top of your head by now, but sometimes there are changes to your bills that you are only going to know of if you open your mail (or check the portal, for those of you who like to save paper).

pile of laundry

Laundry: Now, I find this more difficult to get done in a day, but I feel a whole lot happier when I’m not sleeping on a pile of clothes or kicking them from the end of the bed to the floor. So, I aim to do laundry once a week. I’ve noticed if I don’t get to folding it and putting it away the day I do the laundry, it usually hangs around until the next week when I do laundry again. So, as much as it’s stressful to dedicate hours to this, just get it over with. You will be thankful later.

I’m always coming up with ideas on how to share my organization skills (and yes, I’m still teaching myself daily). The best way to get things done is to give yourself a little list to do when you get home. I’ve noticed that if I get to things right when I get home instead of going to the couch, I’m more likely to feel more optimistic about chores. Remember – LITTLE TASKS! The mess you have did not happen in one day so it will not be cleaned or organized in one either. Pace yourself, you’re only one person. It’s okay to get started on something and leave it unfinished until the next day (just don’t procrastinate on doing it the next day). Create a plan and stick to it! It’s the only way things are going to get done.