Organizational Issues

This is one area, that I THOUGHT I had down pat.  If you compared me to my sisters, I’d win.  Finally.  I win in one area if we are having an organizational showdown.

That has escaped me over the last 9 mths.  Since I started work, this past year, my mojo is so far gone, I now feel bad for making fun of one of my sisters. She is completely challenged in that area (heck, they both are LOL)….I can say that because they don’t read my blog LOL.

I can’t seem to keep up with anything.  I’m forgetting things, like my name badge for work, paperwork that needs to be signed, homework that needs to be checked, supper because I’m too tired to do anything else.  I tend to “over commit” myself to things and even though I am working now, that tendency hasn’t changed.  I have a hard time saying “no”.  

My goal is to let each of my children have 1 thing, outside this house, that they enjoy (ie 4H, soccer, baseball, basketball, horseback riding, etc); also I’d like to camp; read a book; fulfill my commitments at church; feed my family healthy meals; get rid of crap in the house; reduce said crap and donate it….lofty aspirations.

With my job change, hopefully coming next week, that is going to stretch me to my limit.  With my CASA work, my paid work, church, 6 kids, husband, house, chickens, the roaming pig to laugh at and then top that with working 40-50 hr weeks……how am I going to accomplish anything?

I am blessed to have an older daughter to help my younger son do his homework.  She is wanting to be a special needs teacher and my son has learning disabilities, so this is right up her alley.  That helps.  The fact that 2 of my kids HS and I’ve changed their curriculum to has been a HUGE relief for me.  They can get done what they need to get done, learn, but when they have questions, they simply email the teacher.  Now for the other children, that is still a work in progress.  Big Daddy doesn’t do well with helping them with their homework.  He gets frustrated, they cry.  That is still an ongoing issue.

Cooking has been easier, because I cook one whole day, usually for a month (minus Wednesday nights were we eat at church and Sundays which I simply don’t cook and Thursdays when Big Daddy makes pizza).  It has saved on my grocery bill and my sanity. When I work nights, I feel badly because I don’t know what everyone is eating.  Now, I can tell Bug which dinner to pull out and there is a meal, cooked with love from me, even when I’m not there.

Now, if I could nail down everything else, I’d be happy.  I guess this is a good problem to have. 

If anyone has any tips/clues as to how they have better managed their time, feel free to drop me a comment. I’d certainly appreciate it.

As I learn what works for me, I’ll certainly let you know too…now off to declutter my closet and donate some unwanted clothes!

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