Baby bedtime routine that works

Baby bedtime routine from 2 months to 6 months old.

Andrew started sleeping through the night at 3 months old.  The first night I thought I was just lucky, but when it happened 3 nights in a row I realized that the baby bedtime routine we started when he was 6 weeks old was finally paying off.

I read an article over on Baby Center called “Establishing good sleep habits: newborn to 3 months” and it helped me realize that a child can be taught to sleep through the night at a young age.  I learned that starting the routine when your child is between 6 and 8 weeks old is important.

At 8 weeks, it may seem pointless because the rewards are not immediate, but there is a saying:

“It takes 30 days to make a habit”

I found this was true with Andrew.  At 12 weeks he slept through the night, 21:30 until 6:00.  You may be wondering what my “magic” routine is.

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Getting Things Done Workspace at home

Desk at home, reorganized.
My desk at home before cleaning it
My desk at home before cleaning it.

On Saturday I cleaned up my workspace at home to minimize the clutter and make it more functional.  It was my intention to create a functional home workspace using principles from David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done”.  I have limited space to work with at home, since I only have a small desk that sits against a wall between the living room and kitchen.  Our living room and kitchen has an open plan design.  On this small desk I need place for my 3-tier inbox, writing surface and computer. Continue reading “Getting Things Done Workspace at home”

Getting Things Done: Office Workspace

Yesterday I decided that I needed to completely re-evaluate my office and home workspace.  My goal is to minimize clutter, get rid of the items I don’t need and make sure that I have easy access to the things I do need.

The most basic getting things done office workspace

In David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, he describes that the most basic workspace has a writing surface and place for an inbox.  This surface can be expanded to also contain a computer and anything else you need to be productive.

I came up with a list of items I need to be at my maximum efficiency while I work.  These items are:

  • Computer
  • Headphones
  • Writing surface
  • 3-tier inbox: in, reading and filing
  • Pen and Pencil holder
  • Mini note paper
  • Post-its
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Paper Clips
  • Binder clips
  • Stapler and staples
  • Paper punch
  • Sticky Tape
  • Rubber Bands
  • File Folders
  • Dustbin

My office workspace before I GTD’d it

My workspace was seriously jumbled, as you can see by the before photograph below:

My workspace at the office before I tidied it
My workspace at the office before I tidied it.

My office workspace after I GTD’d it

Here is an after photograph:

My Getting Things Done Office Workspace
My workspace at the office after I had tidied it

Spot the difference!  The printer is still on the desk, but it is hidden behind the laptop.  I moved the laptop to the left hand side and put the second screen in the center back.  I cleaned out the inbox, and repacked the stationery drawer.  I actually didn’t remove too much stuff, I simply reorganized the stuff that was there.  What I love is that I now have the whole right hand side as a writing surface.

I have easy access to my writing surface, inbox, pen holder and computer.  In the top drawer I have mini note paper, post-it’s, headphones, paper punch, stapler and staples.  I also ordered paper clips, binder clips, a sharpener and sticky tape from Takealot, it is due to arrive on Thursday next week.  Under the desk is a dustbin.

I need to bring rubber bands and file folders from home.

Next, I must set up an identical system at home and put together my “office in transit”.

How to improve the flow of your home

Authentically Ash household rooms and their functions
My brainstorm on the rooms in my house and their functions.

Organizing your home may seem daunting at first.  Many young women who are new homemakers struggle to keep their homes welcoming and restful for their families.  In this blog post, I’m going to start at the very beginning.  This is a fun exercise that will give you some clarity on your home and the functions of each room in your house.  By noticing how rooms function in your home you are better able to organize and convert your home into a flowing haven of rest.

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