Delia's tutorial. It went really fast, and it's really warm.
- As my son gets more in a routine, I try every morning to get up before he does. I am less tired when I wake up to an alarm than when I wake up to his crying. I'm not always successful at this because I don't always know when he wakes up. Hopefully his schedule will become a little more solidified as time goes on.
- I write a to-do list every morning on my weekly list so I have little goals everyday. And yes, everyday I put on my list "shower", "breakfast", and "lunch". (Sometimes those are the only things I get to.) I don't write them up because I'm afraid I will forget to do them; it just feels so great to cross something off! On the right side I have a running list of long-term projects so I have long-term goals to look at everyday. I can't show you that list because it's stuff I have to get done before Christmas, and I don't want to give anything away.
- Every morning I "eat the frog of the day first." Meaning, I do the least desirable task first. Like cleaning the bathroom. Or dusting. I try to do all my cleaning and household tasks first thing in the morning. Then if something fun comes up during the day, I don't feel guilty going because the important things are done.
- I limit my computer time to only when Henry is eating during the day, so that I really use the time when I'm not holding him to be up and about. I do have to write blog posts when I'm not feeding him because I need both hands, but that is a creative activity I do after I do the important things. I also only watch TV with my husband at night or when I'm feeding Henry.
- I do a part-time online job a couple hours a day that I'm really bad at getting my hours in. I took a break when Henry was born, and it's been hard getting back into it. This is probably the area I need to most work.
- By setting all these limits for myself, getting to create is a big reward. Then I don't feel guilty about doing it. Not feeling guilty is very stimulating too.
- I am a B type personality, so not getting everything done on my list doesn't stress me out. Since I get the most important stuff done first, I know there's always tomorrow to get a little more done.
Anyway, I hope this might help you in some way. I'm really not perfect at this and fail a lot. But having guidelines for myself helps me feel productive even if I only shower and eat in one day. I do love being a mother,and it has made me a lot better at time management. Do you have any tips for getting things done?