Back-to-School Realities and Getting Organized

Monday morning was super chaotic in my house.  It was the first day of school and we seriously need to work on our morning routine.  There were lost glasses, pouty faces, rushing to make lunches, rushing to make breakfast.  Then me begging my child to eat said breakfast.  There were brand new shorts that didn't fit.  And of course, we had to fit in the obligatory back-to-school picture before walking out the door.  That in it of itself was kind of a disaster too.  

This was the best I could get.  Not too bad, huh? You can clearly see who isn't excited to start school again...

This was the best I could get.  Not too bad, huh? You can clearly see who isn't excited to start school again...

By the time I dropped them off and watched them get on the bus, I was a little exhausted.  I walked into my quiet house and took a deep breath in and out.  I joked on Instagram that I would be having a mimosa on the first day of school, but sadly it didn't happen. My fantasy life looks way better than the real thing.  With no mimosa in hand, I walked around my house and took it all in.  The dirty dishes in the sink, the crumbs under the table, the dusty lamp shade (heck the dusty everything!), the piles of laundry that needed to be washed.  I walked into my office and realized I never got around to making it my oasis of creativity.  It still looks like a storage closet with a computer in the corner.  Soon panic ensued.  I had no idea where to begin.  I was overwhelmed by it all.  How did it get so bad? When did this happen?  How can I fix it? So, I did what anyone else would do, I procrastinated and got on facebook.  Bad idea.  I soon saw photos of adorable kids with adorable chalkboard signs of the grades they were going to start and what they wanted to be when they grew up.  I saw photos of pretty back-to-school healthy breakfasts.  Photos of kids in classrooms, which meant parents drove their kids to school and walked in with them.  How sweet! I barely walked mine to the bus stop.  Yup, facebook was a bad idea, so I quickly stopped procrastinating and decided to get some work done.  But soon my mind began to wander and again I got overwhelmed with the thoughts in my head of all the things I needed to do and all the things I wanted to do.  I have goals, people.  But, without a clear plan those goals won't be met.  

I'd been looking forward to uninterrupted work days for so long!  But, now that the time has come, I am completely unprepared.  So, I decided to start with a list.  Of course, I would start with a list or two or three.  First, I wrote down all the big things I want to accomplish by the end of the year.  Then I wrote down all the things I needed to do and finish this week for work.  I intend on creating a weekly list of goals and deadlines every Sunday night, so that I can be ready to tackle the week.  I am now currently in the process of working out a daily schedule/routine so that I am not just spinning my wheels and getting nowhere.  I don't have all the answers and I'm definitely not an organizational queen, but I will be working hard to find some balance and get things in order. I am looking forward to being productive and I'm determined to get things done (insert fist pump here!) 

Who's with me?  Anyone else have some big plans to get organized and productive now that the kids are in school?  I'd love to hear your ideas!  What's worked for you and what hasn't. I'll be sharing tips here too periodically.  I'll let ya know what's worked and what hasn't and hope it helps you too! XO