My schedule is getting tight and I'm having some trouble organizing my time and commitments, so I decided to make it simple and set WEEKLY GOALS!
Have you realized how easy it is for us to start the week with millions of plans and lose them halfway? I always do this! I think of what I have to do and end up forgetting and not being able to organize my day.
Being a pregnant woman ends up messing up my day a little bit more, since some days I feel lazy and tired and nothing gets me out of bed. But regardless of the events, we have to try to stay focused and follow our goals.
In addition to setting weekly goals, I realized that if I do not write, I just forget or let it go. I've always been crazy about journals and notebooks, but I've never been able to keep a dated calendar and write down my commitments. Actually, I used to make notes on phone calendar, but without a reminder, I never checked, I would pick up my cell phone to do something else instead. So after thinking about all this, I decided to buy a planner with a monthly and daily calendar to write down the tasks of the day.
I confess that it took me a while to bring the paper and pen back to the routine. Nowadays we end up depending on cell phones for everything, but gradually I made sure I was writing down all my tasks and now I do not live without my planner!
Once I was adapted to checking my schedule every day, everything was much easier. It's the first thing I do when I wake up, to know how my day will be and I also look what I have for the next day before bed, so I know what time I have to wake up and schedule everything right to avoid delays.
The planner is a great help, but we have to be careful about booking more things than we are able to handle. It is very common to think you have time to do a thousand things during the day, but it is extremely important to separate a moment for yourself and get some rest.
In my current routine I have many medical visits, newborn care classes, plus everything I still have to organize at home. And because I have so many things on my to do list, I got completely disorganized, but it's never too late to make new plans, right?!
After procrastinating for almost two weeks, I decided to reorganize my goals. The first step is to be REALISTIC! It sounds like a joke, but it's important not to make plans you can't accomplish. We need to set up goals that are compatible with our reality. Things happen?! Of course! Sometimes we plan a whole day, but then we wake up not feeling well, we need to rest and IT IS OK!
I know we tend to feel bad whenever something doesn't go as planned, but believe me... Everything will be just fine! Just take a deep breath and everything will work out. If you start feeling desperate, the next step is to give up and that cannot be an option.
Looking back on my schedule for the last few weeks, I realized that I was planning way more things than I could handle and now I'm taking baby steps to get back to the routine I want.
That's why I started to set up short-term goals, because if something else comes up it will be easier to reorganize everything. So every Sunday night I sit and check my appointments and commitments for the week. Then I organize the things I want to do in my free time and what is POSSIBLE to do. Remember I said we have to be realistic ?!
So right now I have set the following fixed weekly goals:
- Write at least two blog posts
- Post one video on YouTube
- Take a photo a day for Instagram
- Record one video per week
- Cook lunch and dinner (sounds simple but it's the hardest task haha..)
In addition to these fixed goals, I put different goals for each week. This helps me to organize my time in a more productive way. The goals for this week are:
- Get the hospital bag ready
- Organize my closet
- Organize Georgia's dresser
- Make the baby shower desserts
As you can see, I did not put anything crazy! Everything in the list I can do it at home and this way I can have a more productive week since I don't have to go outside. Next week I know it will be different because I have medical visits.
It seems silly to write things that you can just think about, but when you transfer then to paper it is easier to remember and also to organize all parts of your day. That way you're also avoiding procrastination.
Always remember that if something does not go as planned, IT IS OK! You can rearrange everything and go to the next one without feeling guilty!