It’s easier to keep up than to catch up.

Honestly, I do a lot of catching up. Someone asked me the other day how I stay so busy and travel so much and still keep my house clean. The truth is, sometimes it’s hard. I tend to do a lot of speed cleaning. I also invite folks over a lot. Have you heard of back door friends? Well, I have an open door policy (haha) for friends and family – people can and do just walk into my house without knocking on any given day throughout the day.

I’ve found that having other people in my house all the time is great motivation for keeping on top of things daily as much as possible.

It’s a lot easier to keep up than to catch up.

Life throws plenty at us every day. From work and family responsibilities to personal goals and hobbies, our to-do lists can become overwhelming. The last two or three weeks in particular have been hectic over here. My brother-in-law was just diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He’s in so much pain and it’s been really hard. I’ve been doing as much as I can to help my sister-in-law and have been trying to provide at least two meals a day for them so she can focus on other things she needs to do and also get rest when he sleeps.

I often run through my house and clean as fast as possible.

It’s tempting to let some tasks slide and tell ourselves we’ll “catch up” later. But often, the chores build it can happen so fast where things go from manageable to overwhelming faster than we realize.

Staying on top of tasks – daily household chores, professional assignments, or personal projects – can greatly reduce stress and help us be more efficient during the day.

Here are a few strategies to help you stay ahead:

  1. Set Small, Achievable Goals: Breaking tasks into smaller parts can make them seem less intimidating and easier to tackle. This can apply to anything from cleaning the house to completing a work project.
  2. Establish a Routine: Having a daily or weekly routine helps in automating tasks so that they require less mental effort. Over time, this consistency can lead to better habits and less procrastination.
  3. Prioritize Wisely: Understanding what needs to be done now and what can wait is crucial. Prioritize tasks based on urgency and importance, and try to be realistic about what you can accomplish in a given time frame.
  4. Use Tools and Resources: Whether it’s a planner, an app, or a set of reminders, tools that keep you organized can be lifesavers. They help you keep track of what’s next and prevent anything from slipping through the cracks.
  5. Delegate When Possible: You don’t have to do everything yourself. If you can, ask for help from family members, or friends, and if able, hire help. Sharing the load can make keeping up much easier.

By integrating these ideas into your daily life, you’ll find that staying on top of things isn’t just about keeping your head above water, but about sailing smoothly.

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