The ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Mom 3-Week Challenge ~Day 7

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Welcome back to The ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Mom Challenge.  You can find the beginning of this challenge *here*.

This is the last of our Yearly Goals.  After this, we’re going to be working on getting our yearly goals placed into our daily routines so we can begin working towards them.  So much to look forward to! 

For Day #7’s challenge, we’re going to round up any goals related to our Work, Projects, or Hobbies.  Once you’ve completed this, go ahead and print off a copy of all your Yearly Goals (starting with Day #3’s challenge) and place the page right behind your front cover so you can revisit them often.

For some of us, taking care of our homes is our one-and-only job (and far be it from me to belittle that in any way).  If so, I challenge you to step back and review your work from a boss’ perspective.  Are you being a good ‘employee’ of your job description?  Are you a cheerful worker?  Are you getting to work on time in the mornings?  Are you a presentable employee or do you hang out in your pajamas all day?  Is there a part of your job description (cleaning the bathroom, perhaps?) that you habitually ignore?  Be tough on yourself and write it down.  It’s time to quit viewing ourselves as just a stay-at-home Moms like the culture does and begin looking at ourselves as what we really are… work-at-home Moms.

(NOTE: We will be revisiting actual House-keeping systems and methods later on in this series)

 Of course, some of you may also have out-of-the-house work.  That’s fine too.  Write down your goals there.  What things need work in that area?  Are there relationships that can use some repair?  Are you putting in 100% of your effort?  Are you being an honest and faithful steward of the hours you are being paid for?

 Some of you, like me, may actually have some money-generating work to do at home.  That, in itself, requires another bit of intentional organization to incorporate both worlds’ requirements while little ones are underfoot.  So… write it down.  Be specific.

 This is also a good time to include goals involving your time-consuming hobbies (like blogging. Hehe).  Or it might be crafting, gardening, sports… whatever.  Whatever we haven’t covered yet, now’s the time.

Here are what my goals look like for the year:

  • Become a more efficient Amazon seller (purchase inventory/mail off packages/update prices in a timely manner)
  • Continue helping my husband with our at-home business, *Pride & Prejudoodles*
  • Continue phasing out piano students and replace with more-relaxed, above methods of income.

And lastly, though this pains me to say…

  • Keep blogging, a no-income hobby I enjoy way too much, in perspective and in it’s place.  (I have so much fun with you all that I’m quite tempted to hang-out here ALL DAY LONG and that’s just not fair to my family and other responsibilities.  I’m trying to learn to post something in the morning and wait to check for comments/likes/stats later in the evening when my day’s work is done.  Buuuut… that’s a work in progress.  😉

Speaking of my looking forward to comments, what about leaving me a little something to make my day (or evening, if I make it that long)? 

Tomorrow, we’re going to take the first steps in incorporating our Yearly Goals into our actual Daily Routines, so stay tuned…

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23 thoughts on “The ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Mom 3-Week Challenge ~Day 7

  1. Tricia Regar says:

    Could you please talk more about your Amazon selling? I’d love to hear!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I found your blog from general perusing the mom blog boom that recently been taking root! I have enjoyed your daily emails and it nice to know there are other mothers out there that are self aware and approach life with similar structure as me – it is a pleasure to read your daily thoughts!
    Thank you!

  3. Candice says:

    I am especially encouraged by your charge to make goals for the stay-at-home mom. As a former teacher, I was used to making professional goals for myself. However, since transitioning to the stay-at-home role I have not made goals for myself. I like the idea you present that I need to treat this new part of my life like that job that it truly is 🙂

  4. Loving the step-by-step guidence!

  5. Nicole says:

    Just wanted to say you’re awesome! Hope this makes your day when you see this 🙂 I’m following along on your challenge. NEW FAN! 🙂

    Nicole

  6. Stacy says:

    Hi! You are great at this blogging thing! Wow!
    I stumbled upon you via Pinterest and so happy I did.
    I am very excited to get my own life organized, and with your tips I know I can!
    I don’t have children so I have no excuse for getting on the move with this. Although, I am a business owner, a wife, a daughter, and a friend. I could use improvement in all of those areas….I slack unintentionally, so my goal is to tighten up the reigns!
    So excited I found your blog…..look forward to getting my 2014 ready to roll…..in a new, beautifully organized manner!
    Thanks girl……You are awesome!

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      Wow, thanks Stacy! You’ve brightened my morning. It’s a great feeling to start the New Year on the right foot! Have fun! –Kelsey

  7. Simone says:

    Thanks so much Kelsey for sharing your talent for organization with us. I am a wife & mother of 5 (ranging from 9 -15 years old). I only wish you had been around when I first started having kids. LOL. Better late than never. I’ve been so busy over the years just trying to survive but I know that this will help with my new phase of motherhood – no more small children. Please keep doing what you’re doing. It is blessing us out here.

    • I'm Kelsey! says:

      Oh, thanks Simone! That means so much! Sounds like you have a beautiful family! Thanks for reading!

      –Kelsey

  8. abby says:

    I’m read the challanges and i’m loving it this far you have helped a 21 year old mother and wife inher journey to be better thank you.

  9. Wietske says:

    Hi Kelsey, a view weeks ago I found your blog through pinterest. Very happy I did, it came just at the right moment! I am a wife, mother of two little girls (7 months and 2 years) and a part-time nurse. I felt often I was living in chaos and without structure, and I actually very much like structure… :). So, I started this 30-day challenge, and I am noticing the difference already, great! You have another fan, this time from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Thanks for giving your time and the energy you put in this blog!

  10. Anna says:

    Well, I just found out about you through a cousin’s post and while I have seen other forums like this, I really appreciate taking things in small bites but especially starting off with focusing on my relationship with Christ. Thanks for sharing!

  11. canick says:

    Hi, I found your blog thru facebook… someone posted one of your entries and I love organizing things- I just don’t always stick with it. The word consistent is on my goal sheet for the next few months. =) Thanks for this.

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