accomplish something everyday.

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I'm often asked how I "do it all" and how I find balance amidst the chaos of life with children, home and work. My daily to-do lists are wholly unrealistic and I think because I have had such long lists for such a long time, I've learned that there are certain things I won't skip or neglect or push back until … (insert whatever project or deadline is pending.) In other words, I've learned out of necessity to prioritize, so that I can sustain long term my sanity and my health. I just finished a scrapbook layout (last night) that highlights my TOP FIVE to dos. I really enjoyed honoring these priorities in this way. For as long as I've been scrapbooking and as many layouts as I have, it's curious some of the very important, even essential things that I have NOT yet scrapbooked.

Anyway, point of this post.

I want you to think about your TOP to dos. What are they?

What things, accomplished everyday keep you centered and focused? Even when the life serves up interruption after interruption with a side of distraction; What are the must dos that keep you breathing and balanced?

No matter what else I don't get done. I'm OK when …

ONE. Start with stillness. Pray + study scriptures. Then plan.

TWO. Get some exercise. Jog, walk with a friend or do yoga.

THREE. Be creative. Sprinkle my home with happiness.

FOUR. Document life. Capture the everyday stuff.

FIVE. Slow down. Notice the beauty + perfection in nature.

Once you've made your list, I want to see! So, post it to your
blog or make a scrapbook page or document it in some other way and
share it with me. You could even write it BIG on your fridge and send
me a pic.


Another recent email asked about the to-do list pictured in my blog banner. I love and use the mini binders and filler paper from Russel + Hazel (www.russellandhazel.com)

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Start with a mini binder and a pad of paper and then if you want, add tabs and planner sheets and adhesive notes, etc… If you happen to live in or near Minneapolis you could make me extremely jealous and just visit the R+H flagship store. 

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Comments

  1. I just discovered R+H this morning through another blog that I read, and after about 20 minutes of oohing and aaahing I had to close the tab completely. I had too much stuff in my cart!! Now if only they carried a true red, then I’d be done for. But I do think I’m going to use a mini-binder to document our upcoming honeymoon trip to Europe. Small, but easy to carry and stick in momentos as we go!
    Have a great day Stacy! :)

  2. Thanks Stacy, this is exactly what I needed. I’ve had deadline after deadline for over a month now, and now that I am having a small break it’s easy to waste time. Now’s the time I need to sit down and re-prioritize! Thanks for the reminder. Now I just need to see that whole scrapbook page (unless it’s too personal, I’ll understand – at least I’ll try very, very hard;)

  3. Colleen,
    R+H can get really expensive, but I do like to splurge on the mini-binders and filler paper. I have two I use every single day and they do in fact help me keep it all together. I think you’ll love using a small binder to travel with — and HAPPY honeymoon!

  4. Oh Stacy, I so love that line to “sprinkle my home with happiness” That is amazing. I love your list and will start on my own very soon…like now.

  5. I live less than 3 miles from that Minneapolis store and I never knew it was there! I knew about R&H and have admired their products, but had no idea they had a local store. I think I’ll have to check it out this weekend. This could be dangerous!

  6. Hi Stacy–loved your post. Your #1 got me remembering seeing “A Day in the Life of Stacy J” on a website a couple of years ago. That was a fun and inspiring video to watch. My daily to dos aren’t so admirable as yours, I think I need to work on that. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks Stacy–just what I needed to organize my daughters wedding!!

  8. Leora Henkin says:

    Oh my! We were just in Minneapolis (long way from home) but I didn’t know about the store. Maybe it is just as well….or, maybe we will be back!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for the heads up,
    Leora

  9. Here is the link to my list:
    mommyme-mommyme.blogspot.com
    Thanks for the reminder of what is important!

  10. Leslie Ackman says:

    Thanks for this list. I have pared down my Blog reading considerably but I do make time for yours. It is in my Top 5!!!:) Les

  11. Stacy, today’s post gets copied and put into my “ME BOOK” file. This is definitely a page to do and reflect upon. A permanent record such as a scrapbook page encourages accountability, right?

  12. Good stuff Stacy!

  13. Thanks for asking this question – I often do not feel centered at all, perhapse I should think about having some ritual (besind scrapping).

  14. I have a feeling this will one day be turned into a scrapbook LO, but in the meantime, I decided to blog about it. Thanks for inviting us to join the conversation, Stacy!
    http://secondglantz.blogspot.com/2009/08/5-daily-musts.html

  15. A timely post. I was just sorting through/filing/ organizing some CKU class notes a few days ago and smiled when I found Scribbled at the top of one page…. To Do everyday: EAT CHOCOLATE. Sage advice
    I confess I am not a huge fan of the “TODO LIST” however 5 that I could do…
    Thank you.
    http://little-bits-of-random.blogspot.com/

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