friday catch up

I have this thing… about getting a head start on myself.
Let me explain… if I have decided what I want to accomplish, or need to accomplish in a day… like tomorrow… I like to spend the night before getting a head start, verses relaxing, or finishing up other unfinished business. I like the feeling of being ahead of the game. It’s all mental, right?       
I have decided that tomorrow is my “catch-up” day.
By that I mean that I have a bunch of  unfinished business that as a result of the teething baby, I have not been able to complete!
Stuff like:
Grocery shopping
Putting away the last 12 items of clean clothes sitting on the guest room bed
Paying bills online
Mailing my tax stuff to my dad/accountant
Cleaning my nightmarish studio
Straightening my shoes
Washing my sheets
Purging the fridge of nasty things in Tupperware containers
Weeding out unnecessary items on the various bulletin boards
Filling my car with gas (and taking the time to allow it to FILL all the way!)
Listening to my voicemail (UGH)
Shaving my legs.

So tonight…I am going to clean my studio. I am giving myself until midnight. But, you see… it’s really on the list for tomorrow… so when I wake up I will already be miles ahead!!! Somehow, that motivates me…
I have promised the kids I would make them omelets for breakfast… so I better set an alarm… and just maybe, I won’t climb back in bed when they leave out the door to school… and maybe… I will shower before 2pm and maybe… I will shave my legs!

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36 Comments

  1. Kayla MacAulay 1 March, 2007 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    that sounds like a real plan.
    I usually don’t make plans i just go with the flow (~maybe that’s why i don’t get anything done~)

  2. michelle delgado 1 March, 2007 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Shaved legs…it’s like making a statement that yes, I did have that little bit of extra time for myself today in the shower!
    Hope you accomplish what you need to and if it doesn’t get done, you can always make a list for Saturday. Have a great weekend!

  3. Anita 1 March, 2007 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    i’m on the same wavelength as you Heidi!! I don’t always make lists but I try to get a few extras in the day before making the next morning feel like I’ve accomplished something w/o even getting out of bed!!! 🙂 Love your blog Heidi! I rarely comment but just so you know…us Canadian scrapbookers love you!!!

  4. Jill Gross-LaFaye 1 March, 2007 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Gosh!..sounds exactly like my list..so weird..even taking time to fill the gas tank “all the way”..too funny. I only have {3} children..15,9 & 6.5 months..and plan to have more..I was so jealous when I heard that you were pregant again..but our plans are to wait until little Mattie is 1.5
    Only 1 more year!

  5. kim Loewen 1 March, 2007 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    I love this theory…I might have to try it. Good luck getting everything done!

  6. sarah the kiwigirl 1 March, 2007 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    When I get that feeling to get a list like that done…I take an asprin and have a lie down- usually the feeling passes! LOL

  7. dione 2 March, 2007 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Heidi, and chance we can see any of the scrapbooking you might have done lately? or is that stuff just reserved for books and magazines these days?

  8. Sandy McTier 2 March, 2007 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Sounds like a perfect theory and plan!
    Hope you have a productive day.
    Friday is always my catch up day and washing sheets and cleaning bathrooms ~ gotta break it all down so it all gets done especially with boys 12,11,10 and 42 yrs. old.
    God Bless

  9. Teaque 2 March, 2007 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Ah yes – you have my disease – Productivity Addict. I’m not ashamed to admit it and you shouldn’t be either. My husband says I can get more done in 24 hours than most in 2 weeks – that is such a HUGE compliment. Here’s to checking stuff of that list! Love it!!!

  10. Lori Renn 2 March, 2007 at 8:00 am - Reply

    How funny. I always make those mental lists in my head the night before. I really think I’m going to get lots done the next day. Tomorrow comes and all I do is make a bigger mess in my scrap room by scrapping all day!

  11. Monica Brown 2 March, 2007 at 8:06 am - Reply

    LOL! I am sitting here in my clean scrap room because it is the only thing on my list that is done. My legs are hairy, the kids are having an all morning tv-a-thon, which we try not to do too often, and the list is miles long! Good luck today!

  12. Tanya 2 March, 2007 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Okay you have officially motivated me!! I too generally go with the flow but I am thinking it is time for a change!!
    Good luck Heidi getting your list accomplished! “)

  13. diane mcvey 2 March, 2007 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Hmmmm…Productivity Addict…I wonder what the opposite of that is??? Total BUM??? LOL I think that’s where I am…It’s great to hear that you can accomplish so much so quickly. I used to do that, but now the arthritis is preventing it…maybe after the knee replacements!! One can hope!

  14. Nicole 2 March, 2007 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Can I just say how much it makes my day to see that you posted an e-mail yet AGAIN this week. Love it when you do that. And love that even though you are “Heidi Swapp” you have the same everyday struggles us moms have. You rock! And the fact your are pregnant again makes you even cooler because you seem to have it all together. Hang in there. Just know that the little bits of your life you share with us strangers sometimes is what helps us make it through the crazy days of mommyhood.

  15. melissa 2 March, 2007 at 9:04 am - Reply

    I could NOT imagine having my 5th child on the way along with a teething baby… and omelet eating munchkins. I have 4 kids (18, 13, 7, 4) and the thought of adding another to the mix just does NOT compute. I give you all the credit in the world. Being the superstar you are!!! you have stamina that I can not compete with. You motivate me way more than you will EVER now.
    Hats off to you.

  16. Natalie 2 March, 2007 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Glad to know I’m not the only one that has yucky tupperware containers of food that should have been thrown out weeks ago – and that I’m not the only one that doesn’t shave her legs enough.

  17. scrapbooking for others 2 March, 2007 at 11:49 am - Reply

    huhm…do I dare mention Fly Lady…those who know her love her and say it works! Love your blog as always.

  18. sharla 2 March, 2007 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I think that is why I like reading your blog, I am very similar as far as efficieny ideas go. Glad that you brought to my attention that I could actually save time AND money by only filling up my gas tank part way. 🙂

  19. Sarah Vrolyk 2 March, 2007 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Hey, great minds think alike! I am a total list-maker … and I, like you, think of getting those “head starts” to the next day whenever I can. Here’s hoping you get it all accomplished … and that you even find time to shave the legs. What a luxury, huh? 🙂 (Speaking from a busy mom of three boys who knows that clean shaven legs are definitely a LUXURY!)

  20. Julia 2 March, 2007 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    You go girl….maybe.
    If you get to shaving your legs, be sure they aren’t wasted under jeans!! Flaunt those pins!!

  21. Talia 2 March, 2007 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Good luck, Heidi! A head start is always motivational!

  22. Kim 2 March, 2007 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I had just decided that tom. will be catch up day, made my list, then saw your blog- and my need to catch up is also bec. of a teething baby! Thanks for sharing, I always feel motivated after reading your blog! Here’s hoping we both have a good night’s rest! ps. I love Thurs. mornings, I put baby down for nap, grab coffee and listen to your audio (which, unlike you, I LOVE to hear!)

  23. AnnB 2 March, 2007 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    At first I was going to say your mind games with yourself seems just a little crazy… but then I remembered when I do, rarely, make a list — I put things on it that I have already done so I can check them off. Okay, mind games with ourselves is normal?!

  24. Melody,Cape Town,RSA 3 March, 2007 at 3:58 am - Reply

    I totally love your blog. Its ‘realness’ always makes me laugh. It sound like a day in my life and it helps to know I am not the only one who doesnt fill my tank up cos it takes tooooo long!!! I absolutely get your ‘get ahead for the next day’ mind trick. I play a similar version…..Ciao xx

  25. melissa :) 3 March, 2007 at 7:54 am - Reply

    We’re supposed to shave our legs? 😡

  26. Vickie Jones 3 March, 2007 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Had to chuckle about the nasty things in tupperware containers. DH hates my policy but every Sunday evening everything in the fridge gets purged, doesn’t matter if it’s from Saturday night or the previous Sunday, it’s the only way I can stay on top of it!
    Now for legs, I attack them in sections, 4 days, 4 sections, bottom half (Great for Capri days) Knees, thigh and than upper leg, bikini area. ALright my legs are never perfectly shaved but it keeps me ahead, it’s all mental right!

  27. LenaS 3 March, 2007 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    This is such helpful advice. Thanks 4 sharing! I have wondered for some time how you “it girls” do it. Any little glimpse into the hows and whys is greatly appreciated. I am a Mom who chose to set aside my personal goals for the welfare of my children and husband. Somehow lost myself over time. LUV your reminders…also, I’ve adopted the “Only Shave Your Legs Before Major Holidays” Attitude. Of course that doesn’t work too well in AZ in summer. I wonder if they have a GWorld Record for longest leg hairs–think mine R 2-inches now. LOL Good Luck on your list…I’m not getting anything done reading your blog! See ya. Thx again.

  28. Penny 3 March, 2007 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Holey moley, that’s quite a to-do list. If I could get that much accomplished in one day I’d be so thrilled. How do you do it?! I so admire people who can get so much accomplished, and I want to know the secret (besides getting a head start the previous day :-))

  29. Kelly 4 March, 2007 at 8:09 am - Reply

    oh rofl! your list is exactly what I did yesterday! (Including the shaved legs :P)

  30. Angela 4 March, 2007 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I hope you got a lot done. I love having one day to catch up on stuff that did not get done. Usually Monday is that day! lol Thanks for being so real all the time! It’s so nice to know that I am not the only one who struggles!

  31. betsy 5 March, 2007 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    shaved legs are highly overrated.
    love your blog messages!!

  32. Cindy Tolbert 5 March, 2007 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    You are so normal. We all face the same stuff. Blow off your list and do something for yourself. You will always have your “to do list” to go back to, it’s not going anywhere!

  33. wendy treseder 5 March, 2007 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Oh please Heidi, give yourself a break and just wear long pants 🙂

  34. Jamie 5 March, 2007 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Very inspiring. Have found your posts to be such lately. Thank you for sharing your tidbits.

  35. Shanna 5 March, 2007 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    HOLEY FREAKING SCHMOLEY HEIDI!!! I know this is a bit off topic but I just finished browsing thru your new book…”just for looks” I picked up at Scrapbook’s Etc. in Mesa!!!!!!!!! That was seriously the best $10.00 I have EVER spent!!! I have a TON of your products and I just got excited all over again about using them! Off to scrap! Keep it up girl!!!!
    ~Shanna

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