As I was reflecting on our talk about home organization I began to go back to that year journey and I was reminded about the one key to organizing. That is the mental organization that started me on this journey. I was at a place in my life where I asked myself one simple question every day, “Are you living to your full potential today?” Every morning in my prayer time I would ask God to guide me throughout the day so that I would only focus on those things that would allow me to experience my full potential for that day. This was so difficult for me because mentally I was all over the place. I was scatterbrained. I could not remember having a complete thought because I was always thinking about 20 different things. As a wife and mother of four, I like to call myself central command because I know where and what everyone in my family is doing for each moment of the day. That’s a lot of scheduling. In addition to schedules, I plan meals, coupon, write, plan events, and serve as office manager at our church. When I say, my mind is going, it’s going. I often laugh to myself because I love every minute it!
To stay mentally focused and organized I had to master a few things: First I had to determine and focus on what’s important. Everyday we have thousands of thoughts. It’s up to us to categorize those thoughts and retain the important ones. All others are just passing though and don’t require any additional attention from us at all. We as moms must learn this in order to stay focused on the important day to day details. Next, I had to learn that everyone else’s emergency is not my emergency. This is critical, between phone calls, texts and social media every day someone has an emergency. Now, I’m not saying that I don’t care, but if we attend to everyone else’s emergencies every day, when would we accomplish anything? Moms are healers, problem solvers, critical thinkers, cooks, maids, personal chauffeurs and this list could go on and on. Everyone has emergencies, just review every case and help if you can and don’t beat yourself up if you can’t. Then make sure you do something for you every day. Whatever it is that you love to do, do it every day! For example, I love planning events so every day I take time to be creative and put my party ideas in a journal and I also pin ideas on Pinterest. Finally, deal with any past hurts or traumas in your life, NOW! It’s so hard to move on and have a better life if you are holding on to the past. This may take some time, but it will be so worth it. If you need to ask someone for forgiveness do it, so that you can move forward and be the best you possible. Free yourself today!