9/12/11

Sunday Seven on Monday

I had originally intended to write this post on Sunday - considering it is "Sunday Seven" but yesterday's post was heavy on my heart and I needed to type it out. The comments were so sweet and I appreciate them all.

I'm excited to do this post because I found something that has helped me get a bit more organized and maybe it can help you.

I have found that some weeks I am at the top of my game and I'm feeling good. All the laundry is done and put away, the house is completely clean, not only are dinners planned for the week but their ingredients are grouped together ready to be grabbed at a moments notice.

When I'm in the middle of one of those "on" weeks I can't imagine life any other way, and feel like I'm pretty much the most amazing woman on the earth. There is nothing better than feeling organized and on top of your game.

Then I have weeks like this one. If you could see my house you would see three loads of laundry on my sofa waiting to be folded, a living room full of blankets and toys, a kitchen that desperately needs some TLC, a bedroom floor with piles of sorted clothes waiting to be thrown in the washer and an empty menu waiting to be filled with meals for this week.

I definitely do not feel like the most amazing woman on earth during weeks like this one.

My home organization notebook has helped me leaps and bounds in certain areas. It honestly has. Which thrills me because it had the potential to be one of those things that I made, got all excited about, blogged about like it would revolutionize my life, and then tucked it away never to look at it again.

But I have used many of its features and feel more organized in my life. But, as always, there are still areas in my life I need to become more organized in.

Well, last week I visited my friend Allison's blog and she wrote a post about the Sunday Seven.

Basically, it is taking important areas of your life, and setting short term goals to accomplish in that week.

This is perfect for me because I'm a "small picture" kind of gal. If I have a HUGE task in front of me, it is hard for me to do it, my mind starts to wander, I lose focus and all of a sudden I'm off in left field not even remembering what my original task was.

This usually happens when I begin to clean my closet.

So last week I challenged myself to write out my Sunday Seven and stick to them for the week. I found a pretty notecard in my desk, used my favorite pen, inked down my Sunday seven and then posted them on desk where I would see them everyday

My Sunday Seven last week along with how I did in each area:

1. Faith - Goal: Spend at least 15 minutes in "quiet time" with God everyday. I achieved this 5 out of the 7 days. Honestly it should be something that I do everyday, but it has been put on the back burner lately. I am working on it.

2. Family - Goal: Two nights unplugged from the computer and phone. Lately I've realized (or I've been told by Luke) that I spend a lot of time on my phone and computer doing things that aren't that important. I am happy to say that I did have 2 nights where I used the phone and computer a lot less.

3. Relationships - Goal: Send 5 handwritten notes to friends and or family. This is a big fat fail. And I'm so mad. I was most excited about this one but then never did it And I have no excuse. I could have found time to do this if I really wanted to do it. I need to make it a goal again.

4. Work - Goal: Complete my to do list at my office job and organize all my home party supplies for my Scentsy job. Check and Check. Yay!

5. Health and Wellness - Goal: Five times this week either jog, walk or do the shred. Realistically I would LOVE to jog every single day. But now that I have Eli it is so hard to find time to do it. I guess I could wake up at 5:30 and do it before Luke leaves for work, but right now that is not appealing, so I have to do what I can, even if its putting Eli in his stroller and walking around the neighborhood. I really need to get me one of those fancy schmancy jogging strollers. Anyways, I did 4 out of 5 on this one. Pretty good.

6. Finances - Goal: No frivolous purchases (i.e. clothes, shoes, scarves, jewelry, non-necessities) I completed this with flying colors. Woo hoo!

7. Downtime - Goal: READ I LOVE to read but find that I never do it because I fall into bed completely exhausted at the end of the day. I did not do this once this week. :-( Hoping to do it next week.

So those seven were my Sunday Seven. I am LOVING this and I'm excited about achieving my goals for next week. I hope I get a little better at it each week.

If you need to become a bit more organized in your life and your feeling a bit discouraged (like I was) try this! I think I'm going to update my Sunday Seven on here every Sunday at least for a little bit to keep myself accountable.

What would your seven weekly goals be?

22 comments:

Al said...

This is an excellent idea Megan - I am exactly the same way when it comes to overly huge tasks and goals, and so breaking it down makes it much more manageable. Good luck darlin, know you will accomplish your Sunday Seven with flying colors :)

Kirsten said...

What a fantastic idea!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

I love this idea and you did SO GREAT! Nice job!

Tiffany said...

I love this!! I think this is a wonderful idea that should be easy to do. Doesn't see like it would make you feel overwhelmed! Like that! Thanks! :)

Dianna said...

Way to go! I want to go running to lose this baby weight, but I am having a hard time finding time (and I am not even back to work yet)

Wendy said...

Love this idea! I am going to try this too!

Tami said...

I love this idea so much. I love to-do lists but I hardly ever follow through with them. I think the way this is setup would help to be successful in actually getting stuff done.

BeckyJo606 said...

I am doing some monthly goals, but I think weekly would be even better for me! I feel like weeks go by so fast that I would have to stay on top of them because I would constantly be beating myself up about it!! I like your goals--I think so many of us could benefit from the very same ones!

momentsinlifeandlove said...

Megan -

I just wrote a post about your Item 2! My husband was not happy with me last night and that made me a bit sad...I need to break from all of the tech stuff at night.

Time with GOD is number 1 right now and my husband is right after that :)

Good ideas!

Ashlee said...

I love a good to do list, and short term goals but I'm seriously lacking in follow through.

I'm going to try this for sure, thanks for sharing!

The Rohman Family said...

Ok, sorry, way behind, just wanted to say I LOVE your new dark hair! Seriously. Love it!

Rachel said...

Love this idea! I might have to take part some weeks!

I always aim to write more cards and letters to friends and family. I know I love a good card, so I try my best to send them to people I love every now and then!

Allison@ said...

Megan,
I'm so glad you like the Sunday 7!
I did it for many many weeks on my blog, and when I stopped, I feel like I almost went crazy!

You're going to love it. The greatest part is that you get to start over every week.

Keep up the great work!

Tiffany said...

This is awesome! Sometimes it really is the act of writing it all out that helps.

Jessa R. said...

i love this idea! thanks for sharing.

and i adore that you used a pretty notecard - that makes the sunday seven that much sweeter!

Rach@In His Hands said...

This is SO up my alley! I love lists, but mine are always all over the place. This keeps things simple and organized. I like it!

Lori said...

I love your blog! I appreciate your honesty. You are also so funny. I can't go to Subway without thinking of you and the shirt dilemma.

Blessings to you and your family.

Alex and Jill said...

I feel like the least organized person in the world right now. I need help. I love this idea and love you, friend!

Love Being A Nonny said...

Just checking in on you. Pray all is well.

Rebecca Bany said...

Great idea!
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Ashley W said...

I am loving this idea!! I am ready to start this! I'm motivated and pumped!!

Megan said...

I love the idea of doing this!