Feeling a Bit Overwhelmed Lately?

June 1st, 2011

OCI Syndrome

If you’re a busy mom, chances are you’ve experienced OCI Syndrome.

OCI Stands for Overwhelmed, Confused, and Irritated.

It’s easy to slip into OCI when you’re busy taking care of everyone else’s needs and schedules and forget about your own needs. We know the concept of taking care of you is important if you are to continue to take care of others. We get that. So, if we all understand how important it is to take care of ourselves, why is it we always find ourselves hanging by our fingertips to the bottom of our own list. For crying out loud, we create that list. However, do not despair, MomsTown is here!

Here are a series of tips on how to get over OCI and get on with enjoying life.

Three Quick Tips for Getting and Staying Organized:

1.     The Quarter-hour Crunch. We also call this an organizing “Quickie.” It’s something you can do in 15 minutes. For example, in 15 minutes you can clean out one drawer. Go through a stack of papers. Clean out a cupboard. Make a list of things you can do in 15 minutes. Every day for the next 21 days plan on one quickie. By the end of three weeks you’ll have organized 21 hot spots in your home. Be sure to schedule them and write them down in an organizer, a journal, or a composition book. Once you’re on a 21 day organizing and de-cluttering roll you’ll find it starts to become more of a habit and those hot spots won’t flare nearly as much.

2.     If you’re not in the habit of carrying an organizer, it’s time to create a new habit. Keeping your calendar, lists, and important notes at hand will ease your mind. A lot of women have gone digital and organize with the use of their iPhones, Blackberries, and such. It’s up to you, go traditional or go tech, but make sure you have your schedule and to-do’s at your fingertips. A to-do list is no good hanging on the refrigerator when you’re in your car.

3.     It’s okay to say, “No.” If it’s easier, say, ”No thank you, not at this time.” The key here is you don’t have to do everything to be a superstar. In fact, we think it’s super when a mom stands firm and protects her time and her sanity!


For more tips, please visit us again. We’d also love to hear your organizing tips. We welcome your advice on our Message Board. Go to:

(Today’s article is from the award-winning book, “It’s All About You, Live the Life You Crave,”—by Mary Goulet & Heather Reider, founders of


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