Overcommitters Anonymous

With the busy-factor steadily rising in my life, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my sanity in check.  I have a tendency to commit to a billion different things and make the mistake of letting myself get overwhelmed too easily.  Honestly, I’m not really sure that my life is really that busy, but when things start piling on and I’m not organized or in control, I have a major freak out… and let me tell you, it’s not pretty.  I usually end up canceling everything I had planned in the first place and wimping out because it’s just so overwhelming.  Drama queen?  Nooooo.

I have found a few things that seem to help me out if I’m feeling a bit stressed.  Feel free to add your tricks to my list… especially now that you see I’m a total nutcase and need all the help I can get!

Things I do to Prevent a Melt-Down

  • De-clutter…  Whether it be my desk at work, the random stuff that ends up on the kitchen table, or the pile of heels that I’ve kicked off in the entryway.
  • Two words: Bubble bath.  I have my hubs to thank for this one, because every once in a while he’ll have one ready for me when I get home from work.  I never really think to take one, otherwise.
  • To keep up with the housework on a daily basis, I set the egg timer for 15 minutes and do as much dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and toilet scrubbing as I can in that amount of time.  When the timer goes off, I’m done.
  • Lists, lists, lists.  If I see it on paper in my own handwriting, I feel like I have it under control.
  • I have a pretty amazing grocery shopping system down right now, with the help of Simple Mom.
  • When I’m getting ready to back out of something I’ve committed to (I know, I’m awful!), I remind myself of how much fun I had ‘last time’.
  • Reading a little bit of the Bible each night before bed (or in the morning before going to work) is always uplifting and encouraging.
  • Make time for the things I enjoy (read a good magazine, give myself a mani/pedi, do something crafty or go to coffee or tea with a friend).  When I do something for me, I’m less likely to flake out on you.  Haha.  No, but seriously…  I am.

8 thoughts on “Overcommitters Anonymous

  1. These are great tips…. and I know EXACTLY how you feel. The next couple of months are going to be insane around here, and I can already feel myself starting to stress out. So I sat down and made my lists, just like you said. That always makes me feel a little more on top of it. I’m all about the lists! :)
    And I think you hit the nail on the head with your last one– it is SO important to steal a bit of time for those things in the midst of craziness. It always helps immensely, and is so very worth it.
    Way to stay on top of it, Morgan!!

  2. Awww… that’s so sweet your hubby makes you a bubble bath! That’s really cute. Now I want to go take one. But first to finish cleaning the bathtub. Ugh. hate it! I like your idea of cleaning for 15 mins. It’s like a race against the clock! Go go go!

  3. I love, love, love the 15 minute cleaning timer idea!! I am pretty good about keeping the house picked up, but that, by far, does not mean it is “clean”. I HATE dusting with a passion so I think that idea will help me out ooodles (and I guarantee my husband will be thrilled about the 10 inches less of dust we will be living with!)

    And of course lists are a MUST!

  4. Susan: I have to agree with you that dusting is the absolute WORST chore. I can’t express how much I loathe it!

    sarah marie p: My gosh, aren’t bubble baths the best? Justin saw this post and figured I was trying to use reverse psychology or something on him… so I had one waiting for me today. He’s awesome. :)

    Talia: Lists are a pregnant woman’s best friend. Without them, I’m positive I’d forget even the most simple things!

  5. I do the bubble bath thing (though it usually means I have to clean the tub first, but have also started hoarding mounds bars in my “teacher” desk. I turn off the lights, lock the door and just eat my dark chocolate. I was so excited for halloween candy so I could stock up! It helps me make it through the last 2 classes.

  6. I used to hate dusting with a passion, but I got the Method dusting wipes, and they have saved my life. I am definitely a list maker as well. It saves my poor tired brain from having to remember things

  7. Good list – I like the egg timer idea. I absolutely love bubble baths too! That’s sweet that your husband does that – it is very relaxing.

  8. How sweet is Justin??

    Seriously.

    I’m with you on the timer thing. Haha, my mom taught me that trick. Although I get distracted quite easily and get off-track!

    I’m intrigued by the simple mom website – totally gonna check it out!

    (Oh! And I am also one to overcommit and then back out. It’s an issue, really.)

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