Monday, February 4, 2013

FOCUS for Feb 4-8, 2013

Wow what a weekend. It took a little longer than normal to catch up today. We had a 7 year old Birthday party on Friday night, make your own pizza’s was probably not the best idea for 10 kids 7 and younger, but they enjoyed it. Saturday night a Poker Tournament Fundraiser until 1:00 am, well past my, my husband’s and my son’s bedtime. Thank goodness Grandma kept the other kids so they weren’t up that late. We of course like many finished our weekend with our annual Superbowl Party on Sunday, just us nothing big. My son had to wake me at the end and tell me who won.

Last week ended well but got off track right away on Monday. I basically began the week a day behind. So at the end of Monday I gave myself the choice to let Monday’s chores go or just continue on and see if I could catch up. I really wanted my room clean, I hadn’t seen the top of my dresser for awhile so I opted for continue on. I am glad I did. I can see the top of my dresser now with all the junk and dust removed and I would feel comfortable letting someone besides my kids use my bathroom.  I didn’t get all the weekly chores done but I was less than a day behind at the end of Friday, even doing a few things not scheduled for the week. Having the party Friday night was little extra incentive to get the cleaning done. It’s always amazing how much more focused and how much faster I clean when we are having guests. Maybe I should have a party every Friday night.  

Since February is the month of Love. Along with working on my goals for a better home and house, I am also going to remind myself and my family of things we do well for the home and house. I seem to easily share my struggles and flaws maybe because there are many. But believe it or not, I do a few things right. Maybe if I look again at some of the things that work, I will see some ways I can apply them in other areas of my life.  So keep your eye out this month I plan to share some simple things that I (or we) actually do right that give us a better house and home.  
New Goals, comments, and excuses are in purple below.
Goals for a Better Home
1. Personal Focus to better my relationship with God.
Daily: Start and end each day with prayer. Read two chapters in the Bible. Pray the Serenity prayer every day this week. I have a few things I am struggling with. I pray about them but I still want to control them myself. Maybe this prayer will help me let go a little. It used to hang by my kitchen sink before we moved. It never made it back up since my sink is on an island now so I dug it out and will hang it by my phone for a reminder.
Weekly: Read one article from the Leaven Newspaper and one chapter in Reasons to Believe. Run 5 days, I am going for it again, even though I didn’t make it last week.
Monthly: We (some friends and I) will begin the “The Lambs Supper” book study on Feb 18.

2. Remove distractions at key times.
Daily: No computer 6:30-8:00am and 3:00-5:00pm (after everyone is home)
Weekly: Limit volunteering for the soccer league this week. I am going to leave this item for the next few weeks. This time of year (getting ready for the spring season) I can get sucked into spending entire days working on it and not making much progress.
Monthly: CUT BACK ON ELECTRONIC TIME! My no electronics night was a flop, lack of planning and cooperation. I am going to continue to try to cut back on our “electronic time” by simply suggesting other options. They may not even know I am doing it. J

 3. Add something to give more of me to my family.
Daily: Give my family a proper send off and welcome home each day. Focused one on one time with each kid and my husband every day! Bible before bedtime prayers until Lent begins and then the Family Study will take its place.
Weekly: Send a handwritten letter to someone that I do not see often.
Monthly: Family study during Lent. Take my husband on a date; it doesn’t have to be on Valentine Day just sometime this month. Attend one Weds. Night Lent service with the family.
Goals for a Better House
2. Weekly & Monthly Tasks, Chores and To Do Lists: Monthly Cleaning Schedule Schedule. The schedule is back on the fridge this week. I will continue to use these and try to accomplish more each week. I will also reintroduce the chore schedule we used in the past for my kids.
Weekly To Do List: Plan a 3 year old Birthday Party. Call and coordinate for school Valentine parties. Coordinate schedule for soccer practices. Appointment for Foundation check. Continue preparing Soccer League Info for the scheduler. Edit Budget spreadsheet instructions and POST IT. The spreadsheets are there if you want to try them out Budget Spreadsheets. (You’ll notice some things rolled over from last week.)
3. Monthly Projects:
2013 Household Purge: I hope to finish this up in the next couple weeks.
Mon: Kitchen (never got there last week)
Tues: Boys Room (Clothes) we already went through toys over Christmas Break.
Weds: Girls Room
Thurs: Filing Cabinet
Friday: No room scheduled, catch up if needed.

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