I woke up this morning not late, but late for me, and knowing that I really wanted to kill it today. We had a wedding on Saturday, and all Sunday we were just tired and lazy. I felt like I was getting a cold but thankfully, it seems to be going away. I’m getting my flu shot for the first time this week (ahh!) so I’m really hoping that’ll actually work for me this winter. But my body is also really, really good at battling sickness so I don’t usually get super sick more than once a year.
So I made myself a list for things to do today, and my priority for the day was getting some cleaning done and catching up on laundry. I find that one of the ways my anxiety manifests in my life is through being messy. I HATE MESS but when I’m really down, I just don’t deal with it. I let things get messy and I cannot find the motivation to clean it, but it makes my anxiety worse, and it’s just all not cute.
I tidied up our living room, where we spend most of our time, and I’m feeling really inspired to change it up a little. I’m hoping to edit my shelves so I can have some room for Christmas decorations, as my hubby wants to do it right after Remembrance Day (that’s our compromise). I also tidied up our bedroom, because there were clothes all over the floor and there was garbage that didn’t need to be there anymore. This inspired me to organize my closet, since there were a bunch of things on the floor and I also needed to hide the Christmas presents I’ve already bought. I’m going to post some pictures once I’m completely finished with my closet. It was pretty easy to do since we had SOOOO much laundry to wash. I did a load today and will do the rest tomorrow. We live in a building so doing laundry is a chore and a half.
I did some work from home as well, and I’m really feeling like I need to find a way to improve that. I think I’ve been slacking lately which is not ideal, because it’s my main source of income. I love the job though and I’ve been doing it for so long. I’m really hoping I get better with that stuff.
Also, one of the blog posts I’d like to do soon is to chat about the YouTube channels I really love watching and find inspiring, either when I’m in a slump, need to feel like I can relate to someone, or need some life advice. So sneak preview: one of my latest discoveries was Jordan Page, who is like GOALS in so many ways. One of her little life hacks is to do a spending freeze. I’ve been kind of shop crazy with stressing about Christmas and shopping early so I know I really should cut it out until I get paid again. I thought, hey, why not do it this week!? And then while cleaning I realized … We need garbage bags… we have no coffee filters … my cat broke my last hair tie … and it goes on. We can’t go a week without this stuff. So off I went, but thankfully I had a coupon for one store that helped me get some essentials for cheap. I was also kind of bad and bought myself Starbucks, but went for just a plain black coffee and a bagel to keep things cheap.
For the rest of the day, I’m going to make a nice, healthy dinner, get some more work done, and organize my next couple of days. At this point, I know I want to share those YouTube channels, and I think I might do a post showing how I’ve been organizing my life lately.
Mentally, I’m feeling pretty good today. I do find sometimes that when I start getting productive, I panic a little bit because I think of a million other things I can do after and I can either push myself and get really exhausted, or I just stress and then stop doing things. I also get really excited and motivated, which is awesome, but it doesn’t always last. I’m really over my lack of motivation. I know it’s one thing I really need to work on.
I’ll update you on how things are going tomorrow or Wednesday.
What do you do to nurture productivity? Please let me know, and also let me know if you have any organization life hacks – I NEED THEM!