Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Post-Holiday Reset

We just returned from a lovely holiday in Ontario where Kevin grew up.  I love going there.  I was excited to see the famed fall colours, since I've never been there in the fall before.  Unfortunately, this year wasn't a great one for colour.  There wasn't a lot of red, but even so it was nice to actually still have leaves on the trees.  As we were about to land back at home, it was rather depressing to see nothing but naked trees everywhere.

Now that I'm back at home, I hope to develop a new routine for myself.  I've had a week's break from my bad habits, so I'm trying something different to try and reset my housekeeping.  Instead of eating my breakfast at the computer, I'm not even checking my email 'til after lunch at the earliest.  For the first part of the morning, I found myself looking for other ways to procrastinate instead of getting stuff done like I had planned.  But I eventually got myself together and accomplished more than I expected.

What prompted this change is the topic of discussion at yesterday's moms group: Time wasters.  I didn't even have to think about my biggest problem in that area.

Today, to keep myself motivated and keep track of what I've accomplished, I took the suggestion of a friend, and made a "Have Done" list, rather than a "To Do" list.  Here's is mine for the day, so far.

  1. Fed the kids breakfast (I actually cooked!  That never happens at breakfast)
  2. Unloaded dishwasher
  3.  Took out the garbage
  4. Organised 4 cupboards
  5. Organised the pantry (if my kitchen is not organised, I get frazzled)
  6. Delivered spiced crabapples and applesauce to the two friends who did the work with me.
  7. Got some groceries
  8. Fed the kids lunch.  Nearly forgot to have lunch myself.
  9. Washed 3 loads of laundry
  10. Folded 2 loads of laundry
I always knew I could get so much done if I just stayed off the computer.   Wish me luck tomorrow in keeping off the computer! Now, I must go fold that last load of laundry and sweep the floor.


  1. Glad you took the time to write. Lvoe the new pictures. :)

  2. you got so much done! and your pictures are beautiful.

  3. Great motivation, Joanna! I think I will have to get motivated as well :)

    Is that sweater actually from when Kevin was little? It's SO cute!

  4. YAY!!! Way to go, Joanna! Can you share some of that with me?!?! I'm not having a good week!
    Your pictures are beautiful! I'm glad you guys had a good time. We sure did miss you though!


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