Monday, August 17, 2009

Keeping your sanity in an un-sane house?

In response to the inquiries this last month about how I do 'it', I am going to share the two ways in which I keep my sanity and get things done. This is, of course, remembering that sometimes you just hit a wall - and need to cry, or eat chocolate, or have a pedicure!

The first came about one day when, in response to an inquiry to Max, I said that I had a million things to do. His response? "Pick three things." Easy huh? Now when I feel overwhelmed, I pick three things to do. This enables me to feel like I have been productive and to have a tangible idea of what I have actually done. So, I decide that no matter what, I will 1. do a load of laundry (folding included), 2. clean (and put away) the dishes and 3. Play with KayLynn for 1 hour. It is amazing how much better you feel when you know that you have gotten everything done. Then, if you get more done - you feel like super-woman.

Let's face it, sometimes you have more to do that just three things - and you ahve the time. So, my second way of getting things done while keeping my sanity in tact is to time myself. So, I decide that I will work in 30 minute incriments. I will clean as hard and as fast as I can for 30 minutes, and then I will sit down and play a game with KayLynn, or have a glass of wine, or give myself a facial - for 10/15 minutes. Then I do it again. It is amazing how much you can get done in a relatively short period of time. Sometimes Max and I make a game of it and see who can get more done in three minutes - but we are weird!

So, there you have it. My two ways to keep sanity.

1 comment:

Erika said...

Those are great ideas! I like that Max told you to just start and even that just made you feel so much better, because sometimes the list of things is what's overwhelming, not necessarily the things that are on that list.