Thursday, February 26, 2009

Surviving a Busy Day

When I went to bed last night I began praying about today. I have one appointment after another & honestly, I hate days like that. It takes me away from home all day & when I get home I feel like I have to pick up the pieces that were thrown around while I was gone. The laundry never gets done like I want it. The chores are never finished, the dinner is never ready.

So, I began yesterday preparing for today so that I can hopefully come home this evening to a better place.

First I have decided what is for lunch & set that in action already. The menu is planed out and all the ingredients are there. I will place Morgan in charge of lunch so that the little ones will eat more than dry Ramen noodles for lunch(they have done that before !!!).

I know what is for dinner also & have that already planned out so that when I do get home I can throw it together & cook it.

The kids chores are already designated ahead of time, so they already know what to do. So is their school work. So, when their Dad or I ask, "Did you finish your assignments?" they know what assignments we are talking about.

For me, I have carefully mapped out my schedule so that I am not going from one side of the city to the other. While I am on the West side, I make all my stops on that side before I have to head over to the East side for those appointments. I gave myself plenty of time in between appointments so that if one goes late there is no domino affect. Sometimes, I know that someone else makes the appointment time & you are to just show up. Even in those circumstances, try to give yourself plenty of time to get from one place to another with time to spare.

Last night I printed off all my maps or emails I needed for today. They are in my planner along with all of the times I am to meet with people. Also in my planner is my list of what I need to do, or places I need to stop in the order that I need to do them so that I don't forget anything. Does this sound like over kill? For me, it is not. I hate coming home & realizing that I have forgot to make a stop or didn't get something from the store that we needed. If I don't write it all down, I will forget! 10 babies have zapped my brain cells & I am learning how to compensate.

Ok, I have to go so I can hit the road and get my list taken care of. I'm looking forward to having coffee with a future speaker for the Mom2Mom ministry & then lunch with a friend & then my dozens of other stops. It will be a busy day, but I know it will be a great one, because
"This is the day the Lord has made, rejoice & be glad in it!"