Organize Now! Week 4

Organize Your Cleaning Schedule

So yeah this week is late. I actually did the schedule on time but didn’t get a post done. The husband and I have actually been keeping up with the schedule pretty well. I printed out a schedule and put it on the refrigerator.

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This weeks goals:

1. Make a list of all the chores that need to be done around the house. Break them down into daily, weekly, and monthly activities. Then create a chore chart and have a family meeting to delegate the jobs. Post the chart so everyone can see it on a daily basis.

This is done except we didn’t really delegate the jobs. It’s only the husband and I so we just do what we can and share the responsibility. Except the kitty litter boxes. Those are the husbands since we are TTCing.

2. Make a “bare minimum” list containing the absolute essential chores that must be completed each week. when you have a hectic week stick to this bare minimum list so your house doesn’t fall into complete disarray while you deal with life. Some bare minimums may include: cleaning dishes, everyday pickup, and minimum number of loads of laundry needed to keep the family clothes.

This is on the chore list and believe me it helps!

3. Take fifteen minutes each night to straighten up the house. Make is a family chore by assigning each person a different room and list this on the chore chart.

We do this except when I work. I work 12 hour days and mostly in a row so when I get home from work I barely have time to eat dinner and get cleaned up before I have to get back into bed. The husband will do it sometimes by himself.

4. Clean one room or complete one chore each day. This will save you from wasting your entire Saturday on cleaning.

Like I said above, this happens except on days that I work. I give myself those days off.

5. Assign each family member his or her own towel for the entire week. This will cut down on laundry. Color-coding the towels is the easiest way to tell them apart.

The husband and I actually use the same towel. Is that gross? I mean we just cleaned ourselves.

6 Place a set of disposable disinfecting wipes in each bathroom. These are great for quick touch ups between thorough cleanings.

I omitted this goal because I take goal #7 to heart, and I only have one all-purpose cleaner (well two, including window cleaner). It really doesn’t take a whole lot of effort or time to grab the lysol and some paper towels.

7. Save space by minimizing cleaners. Start buying one all-purpose cleaner whenever possible.

Check. I mix Lysol with water in a squirt bottle and use that on everything except the windows or fabric. I even put a capful of Lysol in the washer when I wash my scrubs and the bed linens.

Organize Now! Week 3

Week 3 Organize You Schedule

This week was pretty easy for me because I don’t have a whole lot going on. I use the calendar on my iPhone instead of buying one. I like that because I have it configured to where it automatically updates my computer via iCloud.

You can find other weeks goals here.

This weeks goals:

1. Buy one daily planner to use for both work and your personal life. Using more than one leaves room for confusion and overlapped appointments.

Done. Using the calendar on my phone.

2. Sit down with your family and plan your week/month ahead of time so you can:

  • Schedule babysitters
  • Divide errands
  • Plan meals
  • Divide chores
  • Plan driving arrangements for activities

This is done, sort of. Since I am changing jobs I am trying to get used to all my new found freedom, and figure out just what to do with my time :)

3. Gather all your To Do items from sticky notes, calendars and scraps of paper (don’t forget to collect those you store in your mind!), and create a To Do list that you keep in your planner. Make this list as complete as possible.

My list is pretty huge, and I have been adding to it by the day. I am using the reminders app on my phone to keep track of my To Do list.

4. Sort your To Do tasks by:

A: Tasks that need to be done this week. (e.g., pay electric bill). Schedule these in your planner.

B: Tasks that need to be done this month (e.g., buy a birthday present, send a thank-you note). Schedule these in your planner.

C: Tasks that you would like to get done in the future (e.g., have lunch with a friend). List these tasks on a separate piece of paper to refer to when you have extra time.

I did all this in my reminders app and just made three different lists (A,B,C).

5. Once you have your tasks sorted into categories, number the tasks in each category, in the order in which they must be accomplished. If you get all of your A (weekly) tasks done and you have time, you can tackle a task from the B (monthly) list or even C (future) list. If you don’t get all of your A tasks done, make those unfinished tasks top priority for the next day.

6. Schedule your dentist and doctor appointments for the next year, and veterinarian appointments if you have pets. Schedule kids’ pediatric appointments and family members’ dental checkups back-to-back so you can make fewer trips.

7. Place a small notebook by your bed for those nights you lie awake thinking of things you need to do. Write the down and get some sleep knowing you’ll put them on your To Do list in the morning.

This one, I honestly did not do. I am fortunate enough that I do not have this problem. As soon as my head hits the pillow, I am out like a light.

8. Use a page of your planner for a long-term To Do list. This could include gifts that need to be delivered, borrowed items that need to be returned, movies to rent, books to read, etc. When you write these things down, you free yourself from the worry of forgetting.

First thing on the list was to watch Catching Fire when it comes out in the fall :)

 

The calendar was easy, because of nursing school, I am used to keeping a calendar. The To Do list is going to be a little harder because I am not used to keeping one. In nursing school I tried to keep one and would spend a lot of time setting one up just to set it down and not look at it again..

If I Stay

 

If I Stay

 

I finished the book If I Stay in less than 24 hours. Granted, it’s not a long book but I am not one to sit down and read a book through. I started this Saturday night and finished it when I woke up Sunday morning. It is about a 17 year old girl (Mia) who has a really good life. Great supportive parents, a fun loving little brother, a best friend, and the kind of boyfriend that most 17 year olds don’t get to experience. One day her family is driving to family friend’s house when the car is hit by another car and Mia goes into a coma. The story is narrated from the girls point of  view but it is unique because while she is in the coma, she is stuck in a “ghost like” state and has to decide whether to stay alive or die. For most it would probably be a no brainer to live, but for her own reasons (I am trying not to spoil it here) the decision is really hard. The girl is a cello player in a family full of musicians, so there is a huge emphasis on music. But I do not believe that you have to be into music to get something out of this book.

So yeah, I recommend this book 100% to anyone. It really makes you think differently about life and death. I really enjoy reading but a book usually doesn’t make me cry or laugh out loud, and I did both during reading this.

I came across this book from reading Peanut Butter Fingers blog. I have been reading her blog for a couple of years now and she has been doing a book club for a while but this will be the first one I join in on. She will review the blog and have a discussion about the book on June 7th, so there is still plenty of time to read it and join in yourself!

Organize Now Week – 2

Continuing on my pursuit towards a more organized life and home following the Organize Now! book. I think it’s going well! You can see the rest of my progress here.

Week 2 Organize your priorities

1. To help you realize what your priorities are ask yourself questions such as:

What are the most important things to me?

Being a safe and knowledgable nurse.

Being a good wife and having a good strong relationship with James.

Becoming a good mother who raises honest, good hearted children, who work hard for their dreams.

Always being able to have the money and take the time to travel and go on adventures with my family.

Being healthy.

Being able to give back to my mother.

Being a good friend to all the people I meet along the way!

Why am I here? Where am I going? What is my purpose?

I believe my purpose here is to be a companion to my husband, family, friends, patients, and co-workers. I want to help people be healthy and be happy.

2. Make a list of your top ten priorities. If you don’t select them, others will decide for you. Post this list where you will review it on a regular basis. It could be on your bedside table, on your refrigerator, in your home office, or in a journal.

1. My marriage

2. My family

3. Having a child

4. My nursing career

5. Friends

6. My education

7. Being healthy

8. Vacations/living life

9. Having time to be creative

10. Being organized

3. Make a list of all of the activities you currently participate in. Compare this list to your top ten priorities. Decide on activities that can be eliminated to make time for your top ten. Focus on cutting out activities that take your time but don’t bring you joy.

– Work, blogging, watching youtube, videos, sleeping, FB/social media sites.

This one is hard because all of this brings me joy, but I work so much that I don’t have time to do anything but work. Fortunately I will soon be able to reorganize my list of activities :)

4. Right now, schedule time in your planner to contribute to your priorities.

Done. I have a date for a girls night, and I am beginning to schedule exercise around my upcoming new work schedule.

5. Learn to say no! Set boundaries when needed to help you stick to your top ten priorities.

I am working on saying no. It’s really hard sometimes.

6. Honor your priorities each day.

I am actually not really sure what she means by this one…

Rough Day

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This picture explains it all!

I worked my first day at my new job. I worked med pass. I didn’t know where anything was, I don’t know the patients real well. I don’t know the schedules real well either.

It was a disaster to say the least.

A patient got mad at me. The wife yelled at me. None of it was my fault, but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with it. The patient has recently gotten a terminal diagnosis and they are having a hard time dealing with it.

Overall, I am thankful for my health and my family’s health. I won’t let a bad day get me down, but I am glad it’s over and I am still excited about being there full time!

Two Week Notice

More like two week wait.

I am not real sure if I talked about it before on here, so forgive me if this is old news. About a month ago, my director of nurses (DON) was leaving my current job for a new place and she asked me to go with her. One, it’s a huge compliment that she considers me good enough to want to be my boss. Second, the opportunity is out of this world. I went and checked out the facility and all the benefits and weighed my options. I am going to work for the new place, cause like I said, the opportunity IS out of this world.

Not only am I going to be making $4.15 more than my current position, I will get more experience with more skills. Being a long term Alzheimer’s facility (where I am now), my position just doesn’t give me a whole lot of experience with skills besides wound care and behaviors. The new place has a rehab wing and a long term wing. On the rehab wing, they get all kinds of stuff like trachs, wound vacs, suprapubic catheters that need to be changed. All the cool stuff.

Organize Now!

I have started a new project and I am going to share it on my blog! I recently bought and started reading Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry. It is a “week-by-week guide to simplify your space and your life”.

My life used to be organized. I knew exactly where I was going, what I was doing, how I was spending my money, my house was so organized and clean. I honestly don’t know what happened, but it happened a few years ago. My life feels like a whirl wind, half of the time I don’t know if I am coming or going. Of course, it could be the fact that I worked 72 hrs over the last 7 days…

Anyhow, I am going to do the weekly challenges that the book suggests and posting my progress every Sunday.

Weeks 1-4 Organize Yourself:

Week 1 Organize your mind & life Vision.

This week’s goals:

1. Write out your vision for your life. Answer these questions to help you find inspiration. If you could do anything…

Where would you live?

Not picky about the neighborhood… somewhere around Fort Worth though.

How would you earn income?

I would be a badass RN.

What would your days look like?

If I wasn’t at work, playing with my future children and husband.

What would you do for fun?

Take vacations — for a more daily fun, crafts like scrapbooking making house stuff etc.

What would you do more of?

I would make more time to be creative.

What would you do less of?

Work.

2. Think about what you want to accomplish within the next fifty-six weeks. When you look back on this time in your life, what will you remember? What will you be proud of? List these goals. Break big goals down into smaller pieces to make them more achievable.

  • Buy a house
    • Get pre-qualified
    • Find an awesome house
    • Use our friend as a real estate agent
  • Have a child
    • Get healthy
    • Get prego
    • Buy a house before baby comes
  • Become an RN
    • Finish pre-req’s
    • Apply to program
    • Graduate
    • Get a good RN job

3. Get a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night. If this sounds impossible, you may need to make sleep a priority in your life and readjust your schedule accordingly. What is so important that is keeping you from getting the rest you need? You’re more productive and bring more quality to tasks when you are rested. Your stress level may decrease as well as your brain and body properly rejuvenate.

HA. With my current schedule, 7 hours is a lot to ask. I didn’t accomplish this but I am trying to readjust my schedule. I am starting a new job where this goal will more attainable.

4. Start your day by jotting down a short To Do list of everything you want or need to do that day. This will free up your brain from the burden of remembering.

Ok, I didn’t do this one either… When you have to get up at 4:30am to be at work by 6am, there is no time to make a to do list. Also, this week, I have not had any free time to do anything on a to do list even if I made one.

5. Start a journal. If you don’t have time to write in it ever day, that’s okay. Use it for the days when you need to let it all out or to record a special day or memory.

I started a “One Line A Day’ journal. It is a five year journal that is organized by the date. In other words, one page with have the same date but sections to separate the five years. So you can open it to any date you want and see what happened every year for the last five. It is very cool. I am thinking about making a separate one for everything learned in first 5 years of being a nurse… Might be cool.

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6. Limit the amount of television you watch, especially programs with negative images and messages.

Well this one was easy, cause I have never been much of a TV person. The only shows I watch faithfully are The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and The Bachelor Pad, and they are not on right now…

7. Schedule a two-minute break two to three times a day to spend time alone and just be.

Do you think time in the shower counts?

8. Practice meditating.

Not really my thing. I mean, I have tried before, but really can’t get into this. I have other ways to relax though.

9. Schedule time to exercise. Go to the gym, take a bike ride, walk the dog, hike in the woods, run around the yard with the kids. Every form of movement counts (and burns calories)/

Scheduling time to exercising is just not possible right now. I am starting a new job though and plan on making that a priority as soon as I have more time. As for movement, I am a nurse. I spend 8-12 hours a day running up down hallways lifting and moving people, helping other people walk, kneeling to fix a wound on feet, reaching up to turn on over-the-bed lights. I get tons of movement.

10. Schedule more “me time”. Turn all the phones off and plan something you love to do just for you. Write this in your planner and let yourself have fun. Fun in a crucial part of living a balanced life and will actually improve your health and well-being.

I love my job and have a lot of fun at my job most of the time. As far as “me time” it didn’t happen this week but maybe in a couple of weeks when I change jobs.

11. Eliminate energy drainers in your life: clutter, unhealthy relationships, unfinished projects, items on your To Do list that don’t need to be done until other tasks are complete.

Again this just didn’t happen because I just didn’t have TIME. But I did take a huge step towards this goal by taking a job that would allow me more time for ALL of this…

12. Take control of your time. Set goals and them break them into achievable daily To Do’s. When goals are clear, you can control your time and make space for priorities.

My ultimate goal is to become an organized person so that I will have time and energy to enjoy this beautiful life I have created for myself.

I believe this book is going to help me take control of my time and my life.

There are lots of really awesome tips and words of encouragement in this book, and if organizing your life is exactly what you need then I recommend you getting this book. When I fist bought this book, I bought it for the organizing tips on organizing my house not really my life. I have realized that I need to organize myself before I can organize my surroundings. I look forward to the next year and taking control of my life.

It’s Finally Happening!

I have in my blogs description something about TCCing (trying to conceive), but will be my first post about it. There were many times we were going to start but then something would come up and we would decide to put it off. Well my friends, look what I got in the mail today:

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It is an ovulation predictor strip. I ordered the pack off Amazon where you get 50 OPKs and 20 pregnancy tests. I am hoping that is the only pack I have to buy and we get prego the first month!

I have about two weeks before I start to use them. Maybe I can do a review soon :)

I Don’t Know Where To Start…

Oh my gosh, I kind of dropped off the face of the earth. First of all, I have been working crazy over time, like 14-24 hours per pay period (2 wks). I have been picking up every shift that is offered. This has benefited me in two ways. Hello, amazeballs paycheck, the other is recognition by management.

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I love the overtime but as I am writing this, I am getting ready for a 16 hour shift and I am dreading it big time.

A bunch if big things have happened in my life in the past month or so. I could write pages on them but I will give the quick version :)

I bought a Jeep. I have wanted one since before I could drive. It was either my 16th or 17th birthday but someone in my family gifted me a Hot-wheels Jeep as a joke. So, I finally have my dream car and I love it! I love going off-road and mudding. We have taken it to an off-road park that’s about an hour away and had a ton of fun. Action shot lol:

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And here is a video also from that trip:

We are planning a couple vacations this year that will involve the Jeep. I can’t wait to share them!

We also became bona-fide cattle ranchers. Really, we bought three and we are keeping them at my in-laws. We lost one last week but here are the other two.

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Arn’t they the cutest?!

The next picture is of me feeding the one we lost :( so sad. Thinking back we think he was sick when we got him.

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So there is the lowdown of the last month for me. I have a couple more pretty cool things to share but I have to get dressed for work so I will make a separate post for those. The hubs and I were talking about how things seem to be coming together for us! It’s an exciting time :)