Monday, November 25, 2013

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode - 7 Day Challenge (Day 1)

I have been given the amazing opportunity to participate on a launch team for Crystal Paine's new book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode!  I have been huge fan of Money Saving Mom for years and it has helped me tremendously in learning how to coupon, save money, and save for the future.  Now Crystal is helping us become more organized, efficient, and effective in our daily lives!

Stay tuned for more post as we get closer to the launch date of January 21, 2014!

Right now I am participating in the 7 Day Challenge to Say Goodbye to Survival Mode!  You can join to by going to Money Saving Mom and look for the header at the top of the screen!

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge – Day 1: Learn to Say No

Today’s Challenge
Sit down somewhere quiet and compose a to-do list for tomorrow. Include everything on your plate, from the moment you wake up until you go to bed. When you’re finished, force yourself to immediately eliminate three items from your list. Just cross them out.
This is not a mind trick to make you feel more productive than you really are. Instead, it’s a way to help you start learning to evaluate your activities and commitments. Choose three items and get rid of them.
Let them go—no justification, no guilt.
Wow - this was a hard one for me.  I think as a Mom of 3 kids, you try to do all you can for your kids.  I often have a hard time saying "no, I cannot do that".  I am going to strive to evaluate things for longer before I say "yes"!

I often have a bad case of "mommy guilt" since I do work full-time outside the home.  Because of this, I often extend myself too much when it comes to volunteering at my child's school, after-school activities, alone time with my kids, etc.  I know personally that my children are happy, healthy, and content.  So this week, when the PTA asked for donations for bakery for a function at school, I said "No".  I do not have to help every time.  I knew it was going to be tough with Thanksgiving to find the time to do it, so I took time to evaluate before I decided.  The best decision ever!  Now I need to practice this every time!