Anal Moment Monday

A dirty kitchen really messes with my head.  I get everything I need out to make dinner then as I finish with an ingredient it goes up.  I get anxiety when stuff is sitting out everywhere as I cook. I need space, people!! So, after dinner while David cleans dishes and loads the dishwasher my part to clean the counters is pretty much done. All I do is wipe them down with a Clorox wipe and I’m finished.

Also, if stuff has to simmer or cook for a while that doesn’t require me to be standing over it I start cleaning and putting dishes I’ve dirtied while cooking in the dishwasher. This makes Davids clean-up much easier and faster.  See how we work!  We have this cooking and cleaning thing down pretty good.  I do have to give credit where credit is due and that is to my stepdad who has for as long as I can remember cleaned up when mom cooks, which of course is all the time.  We still learn by example, even as adult kiddo’s.  🙂

Anal Moment Monday

Our weekends are filled with running errands since we both work full time.  To maximize our time on weekends we I make our errand list, which by the way is pretty anal I must admit, in order of where we have to drive.  For example, if we need to go to Bed Bath & Beyond, Hobby Lobby and Target I write the list in order it makes sense to drive to each one.  If we’re going to take the back way it makes more since to go to Hobby Lobby first then BBB because its on the same side of the street then cross the street to Target.  If we’re going the main way to that side of town it makes more sense to go to BBB, then Hobby Lobby, then back around to Target on our way back home.  Got it??!!  No need to drive from one side of town to the other and back again when you can make one big circle and knock it out much faster.  This seems pretty rational to me and not anal, but I have had some people call me crazy when we’ve talked about it before so I thought I’d share.

Anal Moment Monday

Ok, so I have another tip for you worker bees.  Along with my excel to-do list I keep my voice mail log in excel as well. 

This is also a good way to track calls for “c-y-a” purposes (this is the HR in me…always c-y-a’ing), but also to track who you need to call back or who you left a message with that you need to hear back from, etc.  For example, at my last job I dealt with A LOT of employee relations issues (aka – employees who can’t seem to control their behavior…see why I didn’t enjoy my job. I felt like a parent at work too.).  It was not uncommon a disgruntled employee would call my boss and say “She didn’t call me back and I want to complain to someone about such and such…”.  Ah, my handy little voice mail tracker was great.  I could show that I indeed got the message and called them back with a date and time and that I had to leave a message.  You can also use the filter function if you’re looking for a particular call from someone that you need to refer back to.  Just filter your caller column and voila! 

Very simple, but oh so helpful.