Since I started this job, I’ve had a lot of time to organize my life and personal activities. I got a planner where I detail our weekend plans, to do lists, my “wants” lists, grocery shopping list and weekly menus. I really love to have some time at work every day to organize my life.
This is how we work, in case you want to try it:
Weekend plans: I try to plan something fun for L and me to do every weekend. I look over local events or new restaurants and ask L in advance to okay the plans. It really makes my week fly by if we have something fun to look forward to. This weekend we are going house hunting, lunch out and to our local Festival of lights. Next weekend is beach day on Saturday. The following weekend we will probably just stay home.
To do list: I write down everything I have to do during the week. If it is something that doesn’t need to be done on a specific day, I write it down on a sticky note and take it out once that thing is done. It is satisfying to look back and see all of my accomplishments, like a little “good job!” to myself.
My “wants” list: L and I get paid biweekly, and we decided to set aside a small amount every paycheck for us to use in whatever we want, no questions asked. He normally uses his share on a haircut, books or programming stuff. I use mine in clothes and Target. If there is anything I want, I write it down and go and get it on payday.
Grocery list and weekly menus: I normally do this one on Friday, because we do our grocery shopping that day. I start by asking L over text messages what he would like to have for dinner. He provides a few suggestions and I gather a few more, and build a menu of 7 dishes that we will have for dinner the following week. I create our grocery list according to the ingredients that we will need, nothing more, and nothing less. This is great because it keeps our grocery budget on check.
This is all very lovely, but this is also real life and nothing is perfect.
Today I wanted to get out of the office and get some fresh air. All the tables outside were taken and I didn’t want to sit in my car with everyone watching (though I love sitting in my car in my lunch break). So I decided to drive to the nearby Target; “I will just look around”, I told myself, “I won’t buy anything”. Well, I am now the proud owner of a beach hat, beach tote, water bottle and plastic clutch.
I just couldn’t resist.
It was not part of my very well calculated plan. It is not payday nor did I have money set aside for it. However, breaking the rules is sometimes fun. Not feeling guilty at all (sigh).