Yesterday wasn’t the best day ever. I just wasn’t in the best of moods, plus little things kept happening throughout the day that brought annoying interruptions. Oh, and there was the $380 car repair. Blah.
The highlight of the day was actually pretty amazing, though. The downstairs bathroom ran out of toilet paper, and my son – of his own volition – went upstairs and got more toilet paper and brought it downstairs to the cupboard and then changed the roll!!! I mean, if you have no idea what glorious miracle this was, then you have not raised children. He replaced toilet paper. Kid o’ the Year!
I’ve been trying a new way to organize my days lately. Because I realized I was getting to the end of the day and feeling like I hadn’t done anything (even though I was), but my brain that loves to make a list and check things off was feeling frazzled and like we were always winging it and doing things last minute. Also, my internal independent streak was frustrated by feeling like I was being “told” what to do by other people or other commitments. The routine of everything else making us obligated was getting mind-numbing.
So I attempted to solve this. I asked myself: Self, would you like more chocolate?
Wait, no, wrong question: Self, what things could you do each day that make you feel satisfied and accomplished? And I just wrote down the five things that would make me feel like it’s been a good day. My list:
Here’s what each thing means:
Dinner plan: Once a week, I’m writing a meal plan, going grocery shopping, and then putting a post-it with my meal plan on the fridge. Simple, but life-changing (is that an exaggeration? Nope.) We’re eating out less, and I’m feeling less frazzled.
Workout: 5x a week I workout. I let out some energy, I gain some energy and I feel better all around.
Reading: I am a busy person. I am in grad school. I read a lot. But I’ve started making sure I’m reading for myself/enjoyment now for at least a half an hour a day. I’ve officially designated it as my “hobby” and I’m racing through books lately, because I’ve allowed myself to not feel guilty about not reading school stuff all the time.
House clean: This doesn’t mean perfectly clean. It means working on a little area each day – yesterday it was the kitchen counters – and also making sure my kids do their chores and I do some cleaning… when we do this, we are always about 15 minutes away from having a presentable for company house. Plus, it makes me feel less stressed when things are clean. And I think my husband is much happier, too!
Something Accomplished: Kinda broad, right? I leave this as a bit of a loose category – and basically it can cover anything from making an appointment we needed to have done, or balancing the checkbook, or doing some laundry or… going to the store and buying my girl new jeans. Anything from the long, ongoing list of things we need to do. (This long list is in my head and every once in a while, I’ll write it all out on paper and then start going down it and getting it done.)
So even though yesterday wasn’t the best day ever, I did accomplish my five things – and that counts as a good day in my book!