My days are slipping by and all of the sudden I find myself out of the routine of blogging and getting my baby book project back on track. I know I am not alone. All moms are busy regardless of whether they have one child or four (god bless you). Complaining never helps solve the problem, but I have a trick that helps me get back on track: set a deadline.
Deadlines create a bit of urgency and help get me motivated when I loose my focus. One deadline I know we are all familiar with is inviting company over to our house. Suddenly dishes that have been in the sink for a week get done, mail that has been sitting in a pile gets sorted and shoes that have been in the middle of the room get put away. Amazing. Even better, if I get a last minute call from a friend who wants to stop by to borrow something or drop something off I can clean my downstairs in under 10 minutes!
If there is any possible way for you to give yourself a deadline you should. Working from the list of goals for 2009 I am going to ask you all for deadlines: I’m talking to you Angela- get those photo books together or Teresa- how is that paper pile in your office doing? Jenni- did you ever get through your garage? What if I told you guys I might stop by in the next month to see how you are doing? Would that motivate you to get it done?
My deadline is this tuesday. I have programmers coming by my house to collect all of the pieces of the baby book I am supposed to have completed. Suddenly, I am able to find the time and motivation to get this done. Try it. PS: I would be really happy to call or come by your house to see if you are embarking on your goals. Let me know if you want me to.
PSS I have attached a sneak preview on my baby book site. It’s just a mock up, but it’s a start.