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We are getting into this 2014, and I feel like this could be the year. This just might be the one in which I get my act together. Maybe next year I won’t be an ill-prepared housewife at all.

I’ll still be a housewife, but I’ll be ready. I’ll be able to predict things that are coming along (dinner, for example) and prepare it before my bedtime. I’ve thought a lot about why I’m so ill-prepared, and I think it all boils down to one thing: planning. (As an aside, my husband wants to start a blog, or maybe a revolution, entitled “Don’t be a dumbass!” Which would probably cover realizing you are ill-prepared because you don’t plan ahead. But how?)

You know that person who always says, their eyes self-depricatingly downcast, “I’m a planner, I can’t help it.” It’s like all those Oprahs I used to watch after college while “looking for a job” about Women Who Do Too Much. I sat there, a steady supply of sourdough hard pretzels and Coca-Cola wondering who they were talking about. So some women (and probably men too) really are so prepared and such planners that this is a problem.
I’d like a little bit of that problem.

To wit, my son is right now making his own sausage sandwich, peppering me with questions (should the oil be smoking?) (So, um, mom, what’s your favorite car. Audi of Ferrari?) My daughter if being picked up by our morning carpool driver because I didn’t realize she’d have play practice and I invited friends over for each of the twins. The twins and their friends just walked by with giant wads of gum in their mouths.

So in the interest of becoming a planner, I will spend each month of 2014 studying at the altar of one of the gods emulating the people I really think are organized, good habit-having, planners.

This month, I will start by breaking it down first. Jounalist Charles Duhigg wrote a book called “The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business.”

From the press release:

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

So I will report back later in the month about how that might apply to me and whether I have been able to create a good habit (beds made by 10 am daily) and get rid of a bad one (forgetting dinner amiright?)

Just so you know I’m serious, here are the icons I plan to emulate in the coming months (not the whole year – I’m not a planner yet!)

February: Gwynneth Paltrow – I’ll GOOP it up just in time for the Oscars.

March: I’ll delve into The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

by Stephen R. Covey

AN A-TO-Z GUIDE TO AN ORGANIZED EXISTENCE by Justin Klosky, (organization guru and founder of O.C.D Experience, boasts a growing list of upscale clients, including celebs such as Brooke Langton, Topher Grace and Bryce Dallas Howard.)