(This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches. All opinions shared are my own)
I live in a constant battle of wanting to have my life perfectly organized and neat, and naturally being an incredibly disorganized and messy person. Before having Emery, I managed a fairly organized life by doing all cleaning and to-do's during the evenings and weekends when I wasn't nannying and things stayed fairly neat, but once I found myself in a situation where my baby never "went home" because she was actually mine, my entire system got thrown out the window and I felt like I was constantly in a state of chaos and trying to play catch up. I knew that I needed a change, so I did some serious self-reflection and was able to come up with three simple things that personally helped me to get back on track and feel less overwhelmed with mom life. It's definitely not a perfect system, but for me has made a huge difference in how productive I am throughout the day, and who doesn't want to feel productive and good about life??
The first step to getting my life more organized was to find a way to hold myself more accountable to the hours in my day. I can't even tell you how many nights I would put Emery down for bed and then realize that I hadn't found time to do simple daily but necessary household chores, and then would end up staying up into the late hours of the night just to get things done. As a new mom heaven knows that I wasn't getting enough sleep just as a result of having a young baby, and this definitely wasn't helping. I had finally had enough and went to Target to purchase the most detailed planner that I could find. I found one that was cute enough to be left out on the counter, big enough to be noticed, and that had monthly, daily, and hourly slots for me to document my day. Instead of using the planner traditionally to plan out my day however, I basically use it as a daily accountability tracker for how I'm spending my daytime hours. If I spend an hour and a half playing outside with Emery and H, then I write it down. If I get distracted and end up perusing through Pinterest for two hours during nap time instead of folding laundry, that goes down too. At the end of the day it is SO helpful to be able to have a visual representation of my day and do some self reflecting on how I can make the next day more productive. My planner also has a section for weekly to-do's, but also has a "top 3" section at the top of each day so that I can really prioritize what my most important tasks are that day and work to get those done. As someone who had previously just crammed all of her chores into the weekend blocks, this has been a huge help with breaking things down. All of this documenting did take a little bit of practice as it goes against that naturally chaotic personality of mine, but has seriously been one of the best things in helping me on my journey out of my own disorganized brain!
The second step to me getting out of my "new mom mess" was to invest in a really good watch. I'd worn watches here and there when I felt like they went with outfits, but knew that I really needed a fully hands free way to keep track of time in the form of a watch that I would actually want to wear all the time. If I was going to be keeping track of my day hour by hour in my planner, having a practical but cool watch was an essential purchase. For me, this JORD Wooden Watch was the perfect answer. I have fairly thin wrists with awkwardly large hands, so finding a watch that fits well is always a challenge because the men's watches look huge and bulky on my arm but a women's watch is too small and looks awkward next to my hands. JORD actually custom fits their watches to your wrist size so that when the watch comes it's already a perfect fit! The watch I chose is actually a men's watch and I feel like it fits perfectly on my wrist AND with my hands! Aside from the perfect fit, I am seriously in LOVE with the look of this watch. The fact that it's made from wood just makes it a really cool, unique watch, and I love the pop of color with the navy face! It's clean and simple enough that I can read it quickly while carrying two babies and three bags of groceries, but stylish enough that I can wear it with basically anything in my closet and immediately feel like my entire outfit has been elevated to a whole new level of nice. As someone who is struggling to find time to really dedicate to myself, this watch has been a huge plus! I wear mine every day and always get compliments on it when I go out! It's really nice because even though the original purpose of getting the watch was to be able to better keep track of time throughout the day, it's also helped me to feel more like a "stylish" mom, and that's something I'll take any day of the week!JORD does offer men's and women's styles, so for anyone that has been feeling like they want a cool watch and haven't yet found one, definitely check them out! :) Also, as promised, JORD has given all of my readers the chance to win a gift card to their shop so that you can all get a watch of your own! Details for the giveaway will be at the bottom of this post so keep reading and be sure to enter and tell all your friends!!
At the end of the day, the most important lesson that I've come to learn while organizing my day is that after all is said and done as long as my kids and family are happy then I can consider it a successful day. This one can be hard to remember, especially because even with a super planner and a fab watch there are still going to be those days when it's 12:30 in the morning and I'm scrubbing our bathroom because it needed to get done and the hours in the day just didn't allow for it. On days like those, I especially like to look back on my day and see how much time I dedicated to my family, H, and even friends. If my day was filled with reading children's books, playing on the playground outside, playing pat-a-cake a million times and cuddling with my favorite guy while watching a movie, then honestly the rest of the stuff doesn't matter as much. I'll still use my planner and my watch to make sure things get done in good time, but I'm a mom, wife, and nanny first and want to make sure that I'm giving those my top priority. Those precious moments with the people I care about most really do fly by so quickly, and I want to make sure that I'm making every minute count.
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.