We officially sold our home & it is no longer ours- tear! We’re renting back for a few weeks but it’s no longer ours & that’s a really weird feeling. We decided to go out to a favorite restaurant to celebrate that night, where we tested our baby’s food limits with sauteed calamari. Yep, still have not found a single item of food that she will not eat!
This weekend I have a social studies conference (yeah, my friends laughed at me when I said that out loud) & a date night with the hubby. I suppose it’s time we start packing too- the boxes are gathered, newspaper is being collected, & we have a moving date sneaking up on us. Reality is hitting!
Knowledge: This list of 7 tips to being confidant & assertive at work are great. I think the only one I’ve gotten down is dressing for success- typical! Definitely very guilty of making apology statements. We’ll see if I can work on these.
As part of my quest to shop my own closet I’ve been trying to do better at maximizing the items in my wardrobe. I think I’ve pinpointed that my skirt situation is my biggest challenge. They seem to be in two categories: work & parties. Either plain pencil skirts or shiny fun skirts that were bought with a holiday or birthday in mind. Those are the skirts that get like one or two wears a season so I’ve been trying to find ways to tone them down to get more wear out of them at work.
I’ve paired a shiny tiered skirt with a button down but really like the simple solution of throwing on a neutral shirt & casual scarf. It’s pretty much a look that works with any type of fancier skirt & could also translate to a more casual weekend look. Easy way to get more wear out of those skirts that barely make it out of the closet! And if you don’t have a party skirt? Well here’s some options to shop from!
This week marks the beginning of our moving chaos which coincides with the end of the quarter. That means I have a lot of work to get done at work while also having no time at home to work on it. I have to make the most of my time in my classroom so that I can focus on either packing or watching baby girl in the coming days. Why does everything always hit at the same time?
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1. Set a bedtime.
Being sleep deprived just means that you won’t be able to give your workload your all, whatever it may be. Setting a strict bedtime where you must drop all & go to sleep will force you to stop working & get that sleep. Sleep is the key to a healthy life my friends!
2. Make a list. Then make another.
I wrote out my to do list yesterday, hyperventilated, then wrote it out again. Putting everything you need to do down on paper helps you gather all your thoughts but then rewriting it in an organized way gives you a game plan. Mine is listed in importance so I can keep myself on track with what really needs to be done this week.
3. Take scheduled breaks.
I say scheduled because it’s really easy to suddenly waste an hour but I do believe in taking little breaks for yourself if you have a lot to get done. Eat a snack. read a few blogs (ahem), or just allot 20 minutes before your bedtime to read a book. Whatever it is make sure you have some time scheduled that’s just for you so you don’t get too overloaded.
4. Classical music.
Any music with lyrics can get too distracting if you’re trying to get something done that requires concentration with reading or writing. I used to listen to classical music while doing homework & have started up again this year at work. It keeps me motivated & I don’t find my mind wandering as much. For tasks that don’t require as much focus though I do crank up the Pandora- the 90’s pop station is a current favorite!
5. Treat yourself to a night off.
If you’re in the middle of a really busy time or you have a project that is a process I fully believe sometimes you just need to take an evening off & go have fun. We’ve scheduled a date night for this Saturday for that very reason. Moving is stressful & we’ll be in the new house right before Thanksgiving so I figure we’ll be able to settle down sometime in 2015. Sure we have a house to pack up & sure I have lots of work I could do. But for our emotional & mental sanity sometimes not doing work is the best thing!
I’ve always been a big reader & have a long list of books that I then mark off when I’ve read them (wow, control problems). The non-fiction & fiction lists get regularly updated & checked but the classics list has always been a little sad. As someone who reads all the time I feel like I should actually be “well read” & knock out those books that I either should have read in high school or didn’t appreciate in high school. My last attempt was reading Hemingway while 9 months pregnant- uh, big mistake. What a depressed dude (official literary critique). It’s taken me over a year to get over it!