Jun 15, 2015

Tackling One Week at a Time

After an incredibly productive weekend, it can sometimes be both calming and stressful to look at a new week ahead of you. Almost every Sunday night I get out my planner, see all that's already penciled in and add other obligations and to-do's and before you know it? There's barely any white space left for the next 5-7 days. Yikes! How do I manage to cram every inch of downtime with something? This week especially has me feeling a bit overwhelmed- between doctor's appointments, volunteering, a Reds game with my office and my class reunion finally on Saturday, it seems as if there is no way I'll get it all done.

Can you relate? Looking at an entire week, or month, in advance can sometimes stress me out. Obviously we want to know what's around the corner, or what we need to be prepping for- but seeing it all written in one place can send me into panic mode occasionally. Funny, isn't it? A planner which is supposed to keep me organized and on top of everything- can almost have the reverse effect at times if you let it. Anytime I freak out I try to take a few deep breaths and just focus on the next 24 hours. Usually that works for me. Then I can think about what has the highest priority that day- start there and work my way down. I'd say that's what Jared and I did this weekend and in the end it paid off. We got SO much done and just focused on the tasks at hand one by one.

Friday I had to drop my car off to have some work done so Jared met me there. I'm typically a person that does not enjoy Fridays. There, I said it! The commute just always takes extra long because everyone is rushing to get somewhere and as a result there are more accidents and hold-ups. We're all so eager to get to that weekend that we end up delaying it even more. So the traffic tried to annoy me Friday as usual, but we dropped my car off and decided to make the best of the evening with some quick sushi takeout, finishing a movie and an early bedtime. Hashtag old people.

Saturday Jared coached a sports clinic with his cousin bright and early in the morning and I had to be at work later that afternoon. You can guess who got to drop him off since we only had one car, right? Up at 6:15 on a Saturday isn't my ideal way to start things but again, I made the best of my time. There was no way I'd be able to get back to sleep after dropping him off so I hit up the grocery store, list in hand. And you know what? I kinda' loved being the only one crazy enough to be at Kroger that early. I got what I needed and was back home with plenty of time to do what I wanted. Decluttering was on the agenda and I filled another couple bags of stuff to take to GoodWill.

That afternoon I had to give tours at the stadium for a few hours. Luckily I was stationed inside most of the time since it was hot hot hot. I passed the time by sending ridiculous pictures to friends, stalking players coming in and out and doing hip stretches when no one was around. I worked some too, I promise.
After a long day on our feet the last thing Jared and I wanted to do was work in our yard- but we knew we needed to. It's a project we'd put off for far too long and Sunday's weather wasn't looking too promising - it was now or never! We tackled Lowe's like professionals and forced ourselves out into the muggy evening for a few hours. 
Definitely our most glamorous pictures to date ;)

I am pretty confident I have never looked or felt that disgusting in my life. Sweat was pouring off of me, I had dirt everywhere (including on my eyelids somehow) but we kept on trucking. Chopping, weeding, mulching- we made the most of those few hours and it was well worth it. There is still more to to (hello, backyard!) but the progress we made felt pretty awesome.

So "make the most of it" is something I'm trying to remind myself day-in and day-out. We're all busy- that's life! If I just sit and pout or stress about how much I have going on, that's not exactly going to solve anything. I've just gotta take control of the hours I do have and make them count. It would have been much easier to just flop on the couch while I was home and say, "I'll get to that tomorrow" but there's no satisfaction in that! Crossing things off the list, one thing at a time, one day at a time is the only way to function. So this week I'm not looking too far ahead, I'm just sticking with today.


28 comments:

  1. I totally feel you on life being busy. Sometimes I get super stressed about things and then I try to stop and remember to live in the now and enjoy life! Thats awesome you guys made so much project on the yard too! Happy Monday girl!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Thank you for that last paragraph... totally need that right now. (The movers come a week from today, eeeeps.) Have a good week!!

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  3. So happy you guys were able to have insanely productive Saturday's!! Doesn't that make you feel so awesome and accomplished?! :) yay!!

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  4. Yas! I think you also knew that everyone in blog land needed to read this today, too ;)

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  5. I always go to the grocery store before 9 AM in the summer here. The shelves are fully stocked and the tourists are still sleeping!

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  6. Loving your new look, lady! Lots of fun colors and your tabs are super cute.

    You know what, I love getting to the store early on Sat/Sun mornings, it's fast, produce is fresh and full and it's quiet. #gettingoldisntsobad.

    Glad you got so much work done, y'all are rockstars.

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  7. As awful as it is to be up early... not having to deal with a busy grocery store really is THE BEST!! Ha ha!
    So I'm LOVING that picture of you and Jared at the top of your side bar. Such a dreamy photo!

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  8. Love your new design!! And yay for a productive weekend! We got lots done as well. Prepping for our 3yr old niece and 2yr old nephew in our small ny apt was a challenge for sure! Will be SO worth it when they arrive later this week though! Hope your week is off to a great start :)

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  9. My mom and I started doing yard work yesterday morning before it got super hot. But then I didn't have any motivation to go back out since I swear the humidity was like 100% and it was SO hot! I'm hoping maybe I can get out today before the rain...I have plant to plant!

    Also- loving the new design :)

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  10. Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder :) you rocked this weekend and are going to rock this week day by day!

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  11. I always take the time to plot out my week, but after I'm finished doing that, I just focus on the one day - today!

    You go girl on the yard work. I hate hate hate it.

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  12. One car stinks...we are in the same boat as Keith's ac went out and the parts are on order.

    Busy busy bee but think about it, if you weren't busy, you'd be wishing for the busyness to return!

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  13. LOL I love the pretending to love giving tours snap. I love looking at my planner...even when I know it's going to be an overwhelming week. I am a calendar/planner freak ha.

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  14. I try to plan out my weeks and see what all I have going on too, but then I take it day by day as to not get overwhelmed. Dont even get me started on feeling disgusting this weekend. Cutting grass when it is 90 degrees at like 8AM was not my idea of fun. I was so sweaty and it was a little wet so I had grass and mud stuck to my legs and all over my body really. Just gross.

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  15. I'm glad you had a productive weekend! You should be proud of yourself! You're definitely taking advantage of being off the crutches and I commend you on that! I know what you mean about getting stressed by trying to be organized. Every time I talk to Wheat about things we need to prioritize for the wedding, he starts to panic!

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  16. I know how you feel - my weeks tend to fill up with misc. things & they fly by SO fast especially in the summer. My goodness, there is always something to do. Well, we can never say that we're bored, that's for sure. :)

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  17. I'm loving the new design, so pretty!!! Even though you guys didn't want to do the work it's great that you got it done and now can enjoy the fruits of your labor! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  18. Just reading about scheduling stresses me out right now. I'm totally with you on hashtag old people, as our Friday night was spent at Buffalo Wild Wings, we were home by 8 and probably asleep by 9:30. And OMG, the heat and humidity this weekend! Saturday I was "glistening" as soon as I walked outside the house and on Sunday I went for a 40 minute walk and let's just say the sweat was a lot more than glistening.

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  19. I hate packed schedules but seeing everything in writing does help me pace myself. I love going to the grocery store when no one is there! Like early mornings or mid afternoon on a weekday during a late lunch break!!

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  20. Your new bloggy blog design is so cute!!

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  21. I'm so with you! I love scheduling but then when I look at my planner I kinda want to freak out! But like you said, just take it day by day, hour by hour if needed and we'll get through it :) When I get to Trader Joes when it opens at 8AM I love not having to go around other people and taking my time :) Woohoo productivity!!!

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  22. I LOVE using my life planner but I definitely find myself overwhelmed sometimes! That's usually when I take a break for a week and use little reminders in my phone for the important stuff. Then I'm excited to get back to planning the next week :)

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  23. I can definitely relate, I feel like everything happens all at once. But I wouldn't change any of it :)

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  24. One thing, one day at a time is my mantra right now. I'm channeling Nemo "just keep swimming..." ;)
    Also LOVE the new design! Purple is my jam. Looks good, lady.

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  25. I love your new design! I love all the colors and their subtleness.
    I bet your yard is looking awesome after all the work you did this weekend. ;)

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  26. "stalking players coming in and out" --> pretty sure that's ALL I would be doing. hmmm... I feel like I need to come for one of these tours :):)

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  27. Being at the grocery store first thing is by far the only way to grocery shop. I hardly ever am able to do this, but when I am, I love it. It's not my favorite thing but goes so much quicker when you are on the only people there!

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  28. You guys are too cute!!! I am enjoying summer downtime because come fall I know we are going to be crazy...with preschool and dance etc! But I love being busy for the most part!!!

    have a fab week friend :)

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