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How I get back control by getting organised

Every once in a while I have a total meltdown, yesterday it was because Dex was jumping over a little dog in the park (as puppies do), the owner whilst being lovely about it was clearly not enjoying him do so and I was calling him to back off and come to me and being totally ignored (as puppies do when they are having serious fun). I eventually pulled him away after apologising to the lady and behind my sunglasses the tears started flowing!..

What a dick huh?! Can't cope with your puppy being a silly puppy in the park? Well no.. it was a culmination of a couple of days solo parenting, a backlog of work due to being at Pro Blogger the weekend before, a bit of upsetting news the week before and well.. LIFE!

I have this once in a while when I have a lightbulb moment about a certain area of my life that is in total dissaray. It could be work, being Mum, staying fit or just managing to keep us all fed for a week successfully.

So I had a little cry and came home to do what I always do to get back on track..

1. Write a LIST of what I need/must/want to do each week
2. Get my Calendar out
3. Schedule it all in..
4. Breathe again knowing I will stick to it for at least a month or so until I need to re do it again :)

Why do I do it? For two reasons.. it puts me back in control and it also shows me how even with all the things I have to do that I do still have some spare time. Ok so it does not have the random chores on there and I have a few gazillion emails a day to add in but I know there are enough hours in a day and also that I have enough hours in the day that if I stick to this I could actually have the odd night off or  a lunch with a girlfriend.

So now my week looks like this..


It is hectic and there are things that will cross over on certain weeks but when that happens I just shift the one that is shiftable..

If you want to get pretty in your organisation here are a few fab downloadables just click on the images to go to the source..





 Do you plan or does looking at my schedule make you go cold and clamy?

8 comments

  1. I'm so relieved you're normal.


    I have the same meltdown monthly, & I'm not nearly as busy as you are.


    Thank God for sunglasses. x x x

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  2. Yep and the ability to remember it is just a stage!

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  3. It's hard when things just aren't clicking, nothing like a bit of scheduling to pull it all into perceptive. A cry is also good to clean the eyes to see though clearly again.
    If you ever need anything sweetheart just hola! x

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  4. I've found having a baby was a huge turning point! People I saw on a day to day basis at work who I considered friends pretty much haven't spoken to me at all (either verbally or via SM) since I had my daughter 13 months ago. Thankfully a handful of my closest friends ended up having babies around the same age so we all still regularly talk and see each other. I think people just move on and mature and take different directions in life, sometimes what connected you before no longer exists or interests you.

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  5. Thank goodness for lists and planners! I'd lose my mind without them. Sending you a big squishy hug.
    PS: I'm so glad you were at PB so I really could give you a big squishy hug. x

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  6. I also think that sometimes it's just a phase, people are occupied with their own lives, their own worries, or new loves. I have had some friendships that have gone from almost nothing there for a few years to full bloom again. I try to focus on the friendships that just flow right in the now, although I also find it hard not to not be occupied by sad thoughts about things that work less well in that very moment... big hug for you!

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  7. Now you KNOW how much me and lists get along. I am feeling so much more relaxed and less stressed since our organisation frenzy last week! xx

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  8. I'm glad I popped over and choose this post to read. It's exactly what I needed and inspiring seeing you take back control. I also have a few confessions which are embarrassing. So here goes, first I lurk here on your blog and don't comment. Second confession at ProBlogger I had a moment and was flustered and confused with myself. On Thursday night before ProBlogger I had a moment with you when I grabbed your lanyard and said "no it's not you". I was looking for Sonia for my friend who has recently started blogging but couldn't make the conference. I was focused, confused, quite possibly rude all at the same without meaning to be. I realised in a moment I looked and sounded like an idiot and then thought how do I recover from this got overwhelmed from looking like an idiot and moved away. I am so, so, so sorry I didn't speak up again after that, I so should of.....it was my first ProBlogger and it's been my one regret I didn't have my head on right to slow down and have a proper opportunity to meet you without looking like a wank. Please forgive me. Finally I will stop lurking and start commenting. Thanks again for this post, it really resonated with me and how I feel about what's on my plate at times and juggling it all.

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