That all being said - here's what has been working for me the past week or so.
First of all, I've been doing FlyLady a lot more frequently...in fact ~ I would say I'm using routines and schedules everyday. With routines and schedules come a little bit of peace ~ I know what should be happening when and I'm prepared for what is coming up next. A big PLUS is that my house is actually kind of ... clean! I knew having a clean house (with as little clutter visible as possible with 4 kids under 5) made Jerry a lot happier...a lot less stressed. I didn't realize, though, that I would feel a lot less stress, too! That I would actually feel more at peace and that having less mess and clutter just made me want to keep cleaning! Funny how that goes, eh?
One problem with that is. . . well, it's left me a lot less time to do things I really enjoy that aren't necessarily things that are productive. Like...ahem...blog, read blogs, get on facebook, sign on to TweetDeck - heck, I've had my laptop OFF for the last 2 days...and it's been pretty nice. I missed it though ~ so, I'm going to have to find a way to squeeze it into my schedule without messing up my schedule. I'm seriously contemplating waking up an hour early (which would be about 6 am) so that I can have an hour online before my day "starts"...
I also bought a new dry erase calendar ~ totally inspired by my friend Christina.
And a new set of shelves for the basement ~ it took the place of 2 VERY cluttered and overflowing cabinets...which in turn was able to free up space to organize more things!
My husband is a real trooper because all this energy and cleaning and organizing has cause projects galore for him! Sunday involved him tackling this baby:
While I worked on my Control Journal! I had the same routines written down that I had before the twins were born and obviously some things have changed.
So ~ there you have it. I feel like some kind of switch has been flipped...or I finally woke up or something. I feel like I've finally realized that this is what I should be doing. I look at my mother and my mother-in-law and wonder if this happened to them, too. I admire both of them so much because they get things done. They don't complain and they don't take a break (at least not a long one) from doing things. I'm wondering if they hit a point like I'm at right now where they realized that things go smoother and work out better if you just keep at it...just keep moving. Don't wait or put it off...it's just easier if you take the 10 or 15 minutes to do it right now.
I guess I may still be a pessimist, but it looks like my procrastinating ways are OVER! :) There may be hope for me to turn to optimism after all! I mean - look at these kiddos...they look optimistic, don't they?