Let the Circus Begin!

Lately my life has felt like a 3-ring circus. With the kids getting older and going in all different directions and the holidays approaching and the commitment I’ve made to our church’s ladies’ Bible study and my design business and my li’l blogging hobby turning into more of a job (which I LOVE, but man is it kicking my butt!), I’m going in so many different directions that nothing is getting done WELL.

I may be delusional, but I’m operating under the assumption that things will slow down after the holidays. With our three kids’ birthdays and the major holidays out of the way, surely things will settle down, right?  If not, something drastic will have to be done.  I’m prepared to make some changes to the way I operate and perhaps even cut out some of my commitments.  One thing I know is that my home and family must come first, and if I can’t keep all my balls in the air, then I’ll have to set one down for the time being.

The first thing I plan to do is to start making better use of my calendar.  I need to put some batch processing into effect.  Instead of flitting from one thing to the next, I need to concentrate on one type of activity, bang out a bunch, and then go to the next.  I think I will assign certain days of the week to certain tasks.  I think I can create more time if I organize my duties better.  If all else fails, I’ll cut something out, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.  I love everything I’m doing.  I just need a few more hours in the day to get it all done, that’s all.  Do I hear an amen?

For their final blog blast of 2008, Parent Blogger Network has teamed up with BigTent — an online community with nearly 1,000 parent-led groups including the Silicon Valley Moms, for whom I write at the Philadelphia Moms Blog.  I can attest that the Big Tent is an awesome FREE platform for keeping people connected, and the subgroups are great for bigger groups (such as the SV Moms) who want to organize emails so that they only go to the people who need to see them, thereby reducing the clutter in your inbox!

And right now BigTent is partnering with Compass Life and Business Designs CEO and founder, Kimberly Fulcher, to offer a special “Get your act together for 2009″ promo. For any group leaders who start a group on or move to BigTent by December 31, Compass will provide a free one month membership ($19 value) to Compass Coaching Network, and all new group leaders will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a “Life Makeover” private coaching series ($1500 value). Groups must be of at least ten members.  How cool is that?  I could so totally use a private life coach, couldn’t you?

Do you have any great plans to get your life in order for the new year?  I’m not one to make New Years Resolutions, but I always look forward to the new year as a time for starting over and getting organized.  Here’s hoping I can get this circus act up and running like a well-oiled machine.

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4 Responses

  1. AMEN! Lately my attention span has been GONE and I am constantly running from one thing to another (getting little done). I am also looking forward to the new year and to a more organized schedule.

  2. I could have written this post inserting different obligations. The thing that has suffered the most the last couple months is my littlest daughter and her behavior shows it. I have vowed to make a couple small changes in January…
    1. Remove my Pink computer from my kitchen and my gray one from the family room. I know, it is scary. With the pink one on the counter I am connected all day…and the gray one the floor I am connected all night. Both are moving to the playroom desk. So I will better budget my time to them rather than hitting them every spare moment!
    2. I am vowing to start family game night and stick to it, also family movie night. Friday and Saturday Nights are going to be “scheduled” less time to let minds wander means less misbehaving
    3. Drink more water and see a Dr. I need to start paying a little more attention to me. Bottom line.

    Thanks for the post. It was kind of nice to type what has been in my head for weeks. There is more – but I can’t put it all out there!!!

  3. “If all else fails, I’ll cut something out, but I hope it doesn’t come to that. I love everything I’m doing. I just need a few more hours in the day to get it all done, that’s all. Do I hear an amen”

    I agree that I’m ready for a little slower place and a little more organization! And with Terra that I need to be drinking more water!

  4. I hate the chaos of the holidays. So much to do, and so little time to cram it all in. I can’t wait for the week after Christmas, when things slow down…and I have a week vacation.

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