I am so much more fulfilled when I have a plan for my day, my life. Thankfully, my organizing papers (weekly tasks, sewing projects, inspiration, menu...) are back and bringing me great clarity. I realize that any person really can stretch themselves and someday, obtain great things, if only through careful planning.
There is so much I want for my life. So much I want right now. When I sit down and write down everything I want, I choose what is the most important. And, hopefully, my days will reflect that.
Isn't it a delicate balance? The planning vs. the spontaneity? And that will be my challenge throughout life: living in the moment while planning the moment. I see my girls needing both. The structure gives them rhythm in their day, and the spontaneity brightens their day.
What I use that works for our days (for the moment):
- Weekly Tasks: one-time tasks that I want (make a baby gift for a friend) or need (pay my paper bills) to do that week.
- Weekly Schedule: The week hour by hour. Before the week begins, I plug in all of the set activities. Then I can fill in the "weekly tasks" items into the week along with playdates, trips, projects for me, etc.
(See more organizing papers I use along with these here.)
I've reintroduced "room time" now that one more child is awake in the afternoon. That means I get special time with the other child (which both parties are enjoying). I keep learning over and over again that a little planning always resolves the newness of changes in our family. Thank goodness.
Now, there is something that has taken some planning that I am quite satisfied with. The chair below is a little sneak peek. Something that has been on the project list for some time just for the mama.... Come see tomorrow!