The end of year to-do list…

With a brand new year just around the corner, and the increased efforts to make improvements and implement changes that come with that, I thought I would start the process a little early.  Before I can commit to any new projects and distractions, I’d first like to clear the current clutter.  The clutter is mostly in my mind but somewhat manifesting itself around my office too.  So here is the plan in short:

  1. Go through notebooks and diary.

I have several different ways of recording all the bits of information I process on a daily basis, so between my phone notes, notebook, and lots of pieces of paper I should be able to tie up all loose ends.  By which, all I will really be doing is compiling one even bigger to do list, but at least it will all be written in one place.  Of course, my intention is really to get through this list of small mundane boring things to do, or new ideas to follow-up on. Before the end of 2013 of course.

2. The calendar clean-up 

My husband and I both have a desk calendar, although one is like a large piece of doodle art and the other has all the family appointments on it.  Although we try to attend all the things we arrange, sometimes this is impossible so another aspect of clearing the clutter so to speak, is to go through the calendar for the year and check there is nothing important we have forgotten to rearrange.  Plus it’s also a good time to schedule in anything new coming up, like the new term swimming lessons schedule, or meetings, appointments and castings scheduled for the next month.

3. Moving paperwork piles into files

Overall most of my paperwork is already organised into piles so it’s mostly a case hole punching and flicking through files to insert the papers, but there is also a small unorganised pile to go through and sort out.  If you have large amounts to get through my advice is try breaking it up into chunks to tackle.  Divide it into 3 piles and spend no more than 20 minutes sorting through one pile, then take a break and go do something else.  Each time you return to the filing piles, you will see progress and that in itself is motivation enough to finish it.

1372The last couple of things that are on the 2013 to do list will be to organise a New Years event for one of the beer brands I work with and to sign the paperwork to become a Director in my husband’s new business.

With everything taken care of that way, I will then be fully free to focus all my energy on a positive, busy and successful 2014.  And put my feet up a little for the rest of 2013.

What do you plan to do before 2014 arrives?  What are you planning to do in 2014 anyway?  I’d love to hear how you plan to have a positive, happy, successful year too.

The Mommy Blogger

I never really thought of myself as a Mommy Blogger, until I looked into a little and realised that if you have at least one child and have contributed to a blog in the last 30 days, that is exacty what you are.  Well if that’s the case I better write a blog about being a mom, or at least my experiences of living in a crazy household with two small mini-me’s, their daddy, our staff and a cat.  One day.

Apparently the average Mommy Blogger is 37 years old and in America there are millions of them.  In fact 14% of mothers in the US blog and more and more mothers are turning to the advice of blogging moms to not only help them solve their family dramas and answer their questions, but also so they can relate to typical battles between mother and child or overwhelming joy their children brings them.  You can read a ton of mommy blogs telling you all about their little angels,  strict routines, the balancing act they are constantly playing out in their day to day lives, meals they make, crafts and playtime, illnesses and remedies and the list goes on.

Maybe you wouldn’t typically call yourself a Mommy Blogger either.  Most Mommy Bloggers don’t only write about motherhood and the experiences that go with it, a lot of these women write and contribute to a lot of other categories, from running their own businesses to wildlife conservation and may only spend a small precentage of their time blogging about their mommy life.  Some seem to think the term is a bit degrading, although how being a mom can be a downgrade is beyond me.  According to a recent article from WSJ.com there are 12 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, 11 of which are mothers, however they are not referred to as Mommy CEO’s are they?  I guess there are very few real Mommy Bloggers out there, as most would struggle to only blog on being a mom, that would be more like an online journal and nobody is going to follow that.

Which leaves me wondering where are all the Mommy Bloggers in Zimbabwe?  Surely there must be a significant amount of mothers who enjoy expressing, not only how they deal with the ordinary pressures of motherhood, but also the extra ones we have to face here, like bottle warming with no electricty, or bath time with no water?  Maybe there are some who can give us a few wise words on when you start teaching your child to haggle with vendors, or some more traditional values like sharing and respect for elders that is so apparent in the Shona culture.

As always, for me it’s about the variety in life, so I will never stick to Mommy Blogging alone, but if I do get the opportunity to share about my beautful kids, whilst boring and overdosing you on my other random notings, then I probably will because I am a proud Mom too.