As I lay awake in bed the other night, after being kicked in the face for the hundredth time by my darling little Octopus , my mind started to list off all of the things I needed to do in my life.
For the rest of my life.
I am sure most of you momma’s can relate to this incredible phenomena of needing to list off everything that needs to be accomplished in your life in the middle of the night when your kid is finally asleep – instead of actually sleeping yourself. The other night I even managed to start planning a yard sale.
It’s february. There is snow on the ground.
The little man is 9 months old now (my goodness where does time go) and we have been needing to find a larger space for our family for quite some time now – sadly our two bedroom, no living room, basement suite just isn’t cutting it for our family anymore. So as you can imagine, I have a number of “lists” going.
The Donate List
The Purge List
The Find a New House List
The Sell in a Yard Sale list
The Things That Need Cleaning List
The What to Make for Dinner (for the rest of forever) List
The Baby Proofing Because Your Baby Started Crawling Overnight and I Waited too Long List (I can’t be the only mama who waited until their babe was on the move before scrambling to baby proof, Can I?)
The List to Keep Track of My Lists – No seriously – I actually have one of those.
While most nights I secretly curse keeping my phone so close to bed, on the nights when I find myself wide awake making lists it actually it can actually be quite handy. At least it means I have a place to jot things down. And that I am not going to be frantically trying to remember all the things I decided I needed to do when I wake up in the morning. Plus, it usually means I can get to sleep faster. I am able to write it all down and put it away. Not stay up continuing to think about it in hopes that I don’t forget.
However, more often than not, I will write a list in my phone or set a reminder and I ignore it – or just forget it entirely.
Mom Brain is a very real thing.
So I decided to make a printable (with a special thanks to Amuse-Your-Bouche for helping make that possible). A place for me to keep track of all my lists (and even list all my lists) to help keep me on task. There is also something incredibly satsifying about being able to cross something off of a list – and not just delete it from the note on my phone.
If you are interested in these delightfully handy printables you can download them here, print them off and use them yourself. I even have a few different colors!
And of course I had to make a matching weekly dinner menu printable too!
At the end of each week I do my best to find time to review all of my many many lists and figure out what I missed before I start planning the new week ahead. This process actually helps keep those 3am list making nights to a minimum. Which I am incredibly thankful for because lord knows I could certainly use all the sleep I can get!