Starting Successful on Monday

mondaystartbutton I have come to really look forward to sitting down at my computer sometime between Sunday (preferred) and Tuesday morning (sometimes the week gets away from me) to plan my week.  I really appreciate that Felicia over at Felicia’s Red Door Life hosts this link up each week.  It keeps me inspired to sit down and plan out a few weekly goals.  Even if I don’t accomplish everything on my list, it is a huge help and change for me just to be making these types of weekly plans and I am accomplishing more than before I started doing this.  I would strongly encourage you to try it.

Scripture of the Week:

Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought of the things for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 6:34

*This worked well for last week so I’m keeping it around for this one.

Focus of the Week:

Being prepared and taking small actions that will have a large impact on how the household runs.

The Weather this Week:

It is 10 degrees this morning and apparently, there’s a big snowstorm headed our way for Tuesday.   I have a feeling the boys will be getting a snow day or two this week.  There is already a layer of ice in the yard.  Quite a few cities are out of school today because of that but thankfully, our lovely city did a great job with the roads.

Currently:

Trying to decide whether or not to go ahead and wake up J or let him sleep.  At this point, I’m fairly certain he won’t make the bus and I’ll be taking him to school unless he wakes up not feeling well.  I felt like I had a very slight stomach bug Saturday into Sunday and so am concerned he might have something like that.  Of course, it could just be that he would not go to bed last night and I wasn’t doing a great job of enforcing the routine as I was a bit wrapped up in Sherlock.  J did get up long enough to go to the living room and fall back asleep on the couch which is really not like him. *Update:  He is running a slight fever and still sleeping on the couch so he’ll be hanging out with me today.

To Do List:

Not surprisingly, I didn’t get everything done on my list from last week.  However, I do feel like I made pretty decent progress on quite a few of the items.  Here is the new agenda (you may see a few repeats from last week which means that I either didn’t do them or they need to be done yet again).

MONDAY:  Write and publish Menu Plan Blog post, schedule Tuesday blog post, clean out fridge/freezer, e-mail J’s teacher about conference time, do at least 2 loads of laundry start to finish, and do a general 15 minutes of cleaning in each room.   Also, clean ice off car and set a Netflix movie out for mailman.

TUESDAY:  I work during the middle of the day so I’m keeping this list short!  Prepare snacks to take to PTA meeting, do 1 load of laundry start to finish, spend 15 minutes cleaning off top of dresser and desk, clean and organize last 2 dresser drawers plus clean out an organize 1 desk drawer (oh, I’m shuddering at the thought of that!).

WEDNESDAY:  Write and publish What’s Going On Wednesday post for link-up, do 1 load of laundry start to finish, clean living room, wipe down kitchen cabinets and appliances, and clean all the glass and windows in the house.

THURSDAY:  Write and publish another Dare to Clear the Drawers post, do 1 load of laundry start to finish (hoping I’ll be close to caught up on laundry by this point), do another general cleaning of 15 minutes in each room, and start working on a “When Mom is at Work” binder for the boys since I have come home twice now to the poor cats having no water (I’m usually the one who checks on things like that during the day).

FRIDAY:  Publish Follow Through Friday post by 8a.m., clean the bathrooms, make sure I have everything for my husband’s birthday celebration tomorrow, and do whatever tasks I put on the Follow Through Friday list (undecided this early in the week).

What I Read Last Week:

Part of the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

Part of the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

What should I read this week?  As soon as those words passed my lips, G was on it.  He went into his room and returned with Maximum Ride, The Angel Experiment by James Patterson.  Here, Mom.  You’ll like this.  Sigh.  It had been a rhetorical question but I wasn’t about to turn down one of his suggestions as he was so enthused.  I’ve never been a huge James Patterson fan and really I wanted a break from the Young Adult genre.  However, G was right and I did like the book despite it being a bit slow in places.   I had no idea until about half-way through that the book was part of a series, a now 6 book series to be exact.  Thankfully, G had book 2 in his room as well.  I preferred the second book but I think sometimes that is how it goes with series as the first books tend to be so full of background information.  Patterson evidently wrote the book as a series that could be enjoyed by children and adults alike.  The highlight of my weekend did come when G was in his room reading Divergent and asked if I wanted to sit in there and read with him.  I did switch genres for this week but I imagine I’ll be reading the rest of the books in this series soon.

From the Camera:

Do unbaked cookies disappear at your house as well?

Do unbaked cookies disappear at your house as well?

This goofy cat will stay like this until someone rubs her tummy.

This goofy cat will stay like this until someone rubs her tummy.

Shopping List:

Birthday presents and cards for my husband, vanilla, milk, and eggs.  Wait didn’t I just go to the grocery store?  SIGH.

On the Blog:

I want to make an information page for the Follow Through Friday/Saturday Success Stories link-ups.  I’m thinking of removing the book reviews from these posts and writing “What I Read Last Week” as separate more detailed posts but curious if that is something you would want to read?

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Starting Successful on Monday

  1. Pingback: » The Dresser Drawers are Done!

  2. Andrea @ thedistractedhousewife.com

    I haven’t set a goals post in weeks. I’ve set down several times to try but always end up distracted (big surprise right?). But reading this made me miss the order it brought to my week so much that I am determined to get back to doing this. Thanks for posting. Hope your week went as well as you had hoped!
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    1. Jean Post author

      My week went a little differently than I anticipated but it still has helped to be able to go back and refer to my list. I think just having it down on “paper” somewhere has helped me.

  3. Deanna

    That’s an interesting thought – to do the week long plan, or whatever, just plan, similar to how I do my menu ‘plan’. I hadn’t thought to just write it down in the beginning of the week. Ah, but then to keep track of the paper LOL

    Awww, I just want to smooch your kitty’s face. She looks soooooo sweet.

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