Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Better Habits

OK, I know it's not quite New Year's Day yet, but I'm considering some things... I'm not usually someone who feels that the same old resolutions every year are necessary. Why wait until Jan. 1? But I think the Lord is trying to show me some changes that I need to look to...

One thing is time management. I've actually spent a lot of time and energy getting myself organized and getting our home running pretty smoothly. However, there are a few things that I think can stand some improvement...OK, several things, but one at a time :-)

Computer Time! I'm spending way too much time on the computer. It takes me about 20 minutes to do my "morning computer stuff". Then, I do school with the kids and the computer is on the whole time. The problem is that I continue to "browse" throughout the day and before I know it, I've "surfed" an hour away. So, I'm going to limit myself to only 20 minutes before school...then time only after the kids have gone to bed.

Kids' Chores! Ok, I know they aren't going to willingly do chores, but over the last few months, I've let their consistancy slide, and now, things just aren't getting done. Right now, we start school at 8:30. We eat at noon and then the go back to their work. They do their chores after their school work. Well, it's just not working. So, when Christmas vacation begins, I'm going to have them do their chores immediately after they get ready for the day. Then, when school starts back up again, I'll have them do their chores before school time. It's not like they do a ton of chores any way. If they get to it, each day's chores wouldn't take more than about 15 minutes. But, they are experts at dragging them out for hours! And, I feel that it's difficult to ask Zack to do a lot because he's in school all day. But, I need to get over that! Kids all over the country go to school and do chores every day!

Sleeping! I am so not a morning person...but I SO want to be! I stay up way to late and regret it every morning. Can I do it? Can I actually go to sleep at a decent hour? I'm going to try and go to bed at 10:30 each night. I'm going to set a small goal. How about going to bed at 10:30 Sunday through Thursday, and then give myself permission to stay up on the weekend, if I want to.

The ice storm has basically brought the state of OK to a standstill. My brother came over and spent the night last night. He has no power and the electric company isn't anticipating getting it turned on until the weekend. His house was down to 44 degrees on Monday night. He came over and then went to Atwoods to buy a generator. The news showed Lowes and Home Depot in looked crazy. They had gotten a truck load of generators and they were all sold within 2 hours. These were the $900 ones! Greg got a small one that will make his pellet stove work and a few lights. Now, it looks like it will probably snow Friday night...which would be really fun, but It's Angel Food Saturday and I'm supposed to go to Centerton to pick up a truck load of food. So, it should be exciting.


Bekah said...

Oh Trish, I so hear you on the internet "thing". I get the kids going on school and then keep K12 pulled up and just sit here and surf. Looking at friends blogs, shopping, looking at ebay...I mean good grief, and then I wonder why the laundry doesn't get done! Haha! I wonder if all K12 parents get stuck in that internet "rut". Today I am walking away (after I finish reading blogs of course) and cleaning while the kids keep doing school work! Thanks for the little nudge to get my bootie off the computer too!:-)

Suzanne said...

That plasted computer...I've pidled away all morning. But I'm catching up on your blog!