Welcome to my first official post as the "OCD Mama". To fully understand what defines me as an OCD Mama please take a moment to look at my About page if you have not already. I hope you will find the humor in the double meaning.
I find it ironic that my first post to my newly revamped blog "OCD Mama" is on the first day of school!
Ok maybe not so ironic when you're a Work-at-Home Mama and it's the first day of "just a little bit of freedom after a LONG summer".
I have to admit that my full fledged creativity has not unleashed yet after a hectic and eventful summer. But those creative juices did start flowing a bit during my morning of freedom in one of my favorite stores, Hobby Lobby. Actually I believe the organization side of my brain is monopolizing a bit.To be quite honest my OCD tendencies (in its true form, not the creative meaning) have left me a bit overwhelmed. Well, correction, this is where the two OCD definitions collide. Now that school has started my brain is flooded with to-do lists ,organizational ideas to deal with what's on my to-do lists, then a creative approach to my organizational ideas for my to-do list. You get the idea! My brain feels like a jumbled mess! And I desperately want things to fall into place.....LIKE RIGHT NOW! Am I the only one?
I am so thankful though for one of my biggest encouragements www.Proverbs31.org and the daily devotions Encouragement Today that I recieve in my e-mail box every (week)day. Today's writter Glynnis Whitwer
talks about dealing with those times we want to procrastinate because we are afraid of the changes we need to make today or because we are overwhelmed and can't think straight. In addition to her devotion in Encouragement Today she added to her own blog http://glynniswhitwer.com/, a creative way of organizing her To-do lists and ongoing projects, a project management binder . I am often inspired by Glynnis and the wisdom she shares about her gift of organization. I may even share in another post the binder I created (over a year ago). Unlike Glynnis I didn't exactly stick to it......maybe I should get that thing out and try again!
On the top of my organizational To-do list would be to figure out our new school year routine. This year I am challenged for sure. My oldest (son) now has a full school day but, my daughter still only a half day. My commute one way is at least twenty minutes. This means A LOT of driving. Then there is squeezing in a nap for the younger one in a two and a half hour time frame. Unfortunately that doesn't include my travel time home and back to pick up my son. Today my daughter played in her room rather than take a nap in our tiny time frame. She finally fell asleep in the car on the way to pick up her brother. I'm not sure if a nap in the car is the solution but it's exhausting just thinking about it! It seems as though its just going to be a long year with lots of driving.
What are your methods of organization for your family, school, work and fun activities? Did you have to reorganize your schedule this new school year? I'd love to hear your schedule solutions and daily routines. You can leave me a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be on the lookout for my upcoming "guest" post on www.gymnutfitness.com I will be sharing my amazing transformation (body, mind, and spirit) in the last four months. Also I'll be tweaking the design of my blog so be sure to stop by to see what is new!