August 24, 2009

Welcome Back!

Last week, I took an entire week off of social media - no blogging, no tweeting, no skyping, no facebook. Other than checking my email accounts at the end of the day, I was a social media hermit.

And it was sooooooo nice.

Don't get me wrong, I love social media and the myriad of ways it brings people together. And I personally have forged friendships with some amazingly smart and funny women whom I would never have met if not for the power of the wild, wild web. Social media rocks.

But social media also distracts....well, I should probably say that it distracts me. I often joke that I have internet induced ADD; I find it easy to get online with the intent of doing one or two specific things only to end up sidetracked down a series of clicks here and there. Before I know it, the time on the clock has crept past my intended finishing point and my brain is whirling with three or four new "Must Do's" for the week.

With the start of school looming, I wanted to get ahead on my organization last week and I knew it would only happen if I went cold turkey on social media. While I didn't get everything on my list done (who ever does??), I made a big dent in areas that will have a big impact on my stress level over the coming weeks and months.

What was I up to last week? Take a look!

--> Cleaned out/organized my oldest two's closets and drawers. I packed up the summer clothes they've outgrown and getting their school uniforms ready for this week. I also cleaned out the fall/winter clothes they've outgrown from last season and made a list of what they'll need for this year.

--> Planned my Girl Scout Troop's meeting and events for the entire school year. This is a BIGGIE for me and will reduce my stress a lot as our meetings start here in two weeks!

--> Registered all three of my kids for their fall activities. Another biggie because registering early means getting your first picks for days/times at our Y. Those deadlines do creep up quickly!

--> Made follow up appointments with my two oldest's doctors for this fall. They both see specialists and it can be difficult to get appointments unless you do it more than a month or two in advance.

--> Put all known events, appointments, days off, kids activities, & volunteer commitments on our family calendar for the entire upcoming school year. Again, this is a BIGGIE for me because I can in a glance how busy we already will be; if I don't manage all of our schedules from the get-go, we can easily become over-booked.

--> Made a 5 Week Menu Plan for the coming month. I'll be talking about that in my Meal Plan Monday Post and linking you to it.

--> Got all the school supplies for my oldest two labeled and in their backpacks. That actually takes more time than you might think - everything needs a label. Better to get it early!

--> Cleaned my house (w/hubs help) on Saturday from top-to-bottom. Big high-fivin' WOOT!

I also spent time thinking about how much time I want to devote to blogging as opposed to writing; you can read about some of my writing aspirations here at my personal blog. I think it's of utmost importance to dedicate time to my long-term goal of finishing a novel, so I'm putting time for that on my personal schedule as well. I've slightly readjusted my weekly blogging schedule to accommodate that goal.

That's it! If you read all the way to the end of this post, you get a gold star for loyalty!

Are you in a goal-setting mode as the start of school and fall begin? Have any great online tools or sites that are helping you stay on track? Share what you know in a comment below!

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1 comment:

  1. You have been one busy lady! Congrats on getting so much done. I am in the midst of trying to do some reorganizing myself.

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