How "Eye" Get it All Done
I am a mommy, supervisor at a nonprofit organization, Founder of Purple House Project PA Inc. (PHPPA), Vice President of Moore 4 More, Moderator and Contributor to MacularDegeneration.net, daughter, cousin, friend and so much more. As you can imagine my life is a little busy. Here is what I attempt to do to make it manageable.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I attempt to go to the gym from 7:00 to 7:30 in the morning. On those days I get ready for work at the gym and then head to my 9-5 job. During my lunch break, I work on tasks for PHPPA or run “mommy errands.” After I get off work I go pick up my son. Some days we have an activity scheduled after school and then we head home. I try to put my son to sleep by 9:00 pm and that leaves me with an hour of “me” time to catch up with friends or work on other tasks.
Tuesday and Thursday
While I don’t go to the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays I try to do my best to be intentional about starting my morning off listening to motivation videos while in the shower. I have learned the value and importance of starting off the day with positivity.
When it comes to weekends, I do not slow down. In fact, I have something on my calendar for every Saturday up until July 6, 2019. My events range from playdates, a women’s retreat, weddings, birthday parties, and networking events for PHPPA. Sundays are for church. After church, I spend the remaining time doing meal prep for the upcoming week, doing laundry and other household chores, and try to relax with any remaining time. So by now, you are probably wondering how I get it all done.
It starts with the mind. I often hear people say you are what you believe. I try my best to start my day off with positivity. I listen to a combination of podcasts, sermons, and music in the morning. I talk to my mommy and favorite cousin almost every morning and receive an inspirational text message from my god mom. For me, it is so important to “refill” daily because I “pour” daily.
Keeping track of events
I put everything you can imagine in my calendar from mommy errands, work task, PHPPA task and phone dates with my friends. I make lists daily and gain much satisfaction crossing things off the list.
Knowing my strengths and weaknesses
I know my strengths. At 28, I am well aware of my personal strengths and areas of weakness. In other words: I no longer try and fake the funk and be an expert. I am good at cooking, providing for myself and my son, meeting new people and maintaining relationships. I am not good at cleaning, changing the floodlights in my living room and mowing my lawn. I can do regular maintenance like washing dishes, washing clothes and cleaning the bathroom. So for the deep cleaning, I outsource. When I can afford it, I have someone come and clean my house from top to bottom. It feels so good coming home to a clean house. I avoid the mental and physical aggravation of trying to do it myself. Basically, I stay in my lane.
Being intentional and present
I try my best to be intentional and present in all aspects of my life. My love language is quality time and it’s important for me to experience that with my loved ones. Being intentional and present is also important in my professional life as well, and goes into the importance of networking. I personally can attest to the concept that it is not what you know but who you know. However, you cannot just “know” them. You have to connect with them. Maya Angelou said it best: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So be intentional and present!
Relax and restore
I replenish and restore constantly. Some of my new favorite ways to restore are therapy, taking a nice bath, listening to sermons, songs, podcasts, taking a walk and sitting at my happy place.
Leaving room for imperfection
Of course, I am human and some days I fall short or do not get everything done. Some days are days spent in my pajamas takes priority. I believe the reason why I am able to “get it all done” is because I remember” “practice beats perfections any day”. I leave space to not be perfect and that gives me balance…at least that’s the way eye see it!
Are you aware of assistive technology for AMD?