For all of those items that only get washed once in a while (curtains, pillows, comforters, etc.), create a list or a computer document of the washing instructions as soon as you get the item. Then if the tag comes off or fades, or if the washing instructions were printed directly on the package, you have them at easy access anytime.
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Something I realized I needed to do in order to be successful was to prelog my food for the whole day, preferably at breakfast and sometimes in bed before I get up.
I pretty much eat the same breakfast M W F, a different breakfast Tu Th, another breakfast on the weekends. My lunches follow a similar pattern. This also helps me create a shopping list.
In my Favorites list on the Food Tracker, I created groupings for these different days and labeled them "Breakfast - MWF", "Lunch - MWF", etc.
I have done all the major weight loss systems and failed, including Sparkpeople, but this tip alone seems to really be working this time. After I created the initial groupings, it takes me about 5 minutes a day to enter in my food for the entire day, including what I swap out of the original menu.
I always make a list when doing my "big shop," but since I tend to shop at the same store, I created a permanent list in Excel. The list follows the layout of the store. I can then print the list and fill in how many of an item I need, or simply put a check mark. Then I cross items off as I shop.
I can go through the list before shopping to use as a "tickler" to see if any items on the list are needed. My guys are not much help in letting me know when we're out of certain staples, so the list helps to remind me to ask them or check the cupboard/fridge.
Include little things on the to do list for an extra pick me up
My to do list is laid out like my daughters' chore list - since let's face it that is what a to do list is! I include little things that can get overlooked when I get stressed - like Feed cat, Feed fish, etc. I feel like i got more accomplished when I can cross off more things. Somedays I need it.
I also break down the chores. Instead of laundry I list it as laundry-whites, laundry-darkes, etc. My oldest has ADD and this helps her immensly because now the task is small and not so overwhelming!
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