Monday, August 17, 2009

Busy Days

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 5:00 PM
Do you ever get to the end of the day and sit down in your chair or lay down in bed and wonder, “What did I do all day?” As you look around (or picture in your head) at all the things that are left to be done, you try to conjure up what in the world it was that you did that day. Although exhausted, and having been busy all day, it seems like there’s more to do than there was at the beginning of the day.
When this happens to me I find, upon reflecting on my day, that I allowed myself to be distracted and start a dozen things, finishing none. A little bit of this and a little bit of that got done, but nothing got completed. Which means that it looks like nothing happened all day except for more mess making. This happens to me in part because I’d much rather take on a project than work on the day-to-day items of running the house. Dust? No, that’ll wait. I’ve got clothes to go through. Toilets? No. Not when there’s an event to plan. And although the clothes do need to be gone through (at some point) and the event needs to be planned (but did I have to take it on?), the daily home-care needs to happen too. And it’s not going to if I don’t get myself organized.
There are bigger projects (like planning my son’s preschool curriculum for the year) that can’t be done in one sitting or one day, but there are many that often linger that should be done more succinctly. For me, I find that writing down what I want to get done helps me prioritize and accomplish more. And if at least one of those things helps improve the looks of my home, all the better. I feel like I’ve accomplished more (no matter what I’ve actually done) if I can visibly see the results. So as I look at the last quarter of my day, I realize that I can complete a task or two and wake up tomorrow with a little less to face, even if there is a baby who’ll probably interrupt me at some point and three other children to feed, spend time with and put to bed. It’ll be worth it when I sit down and can easily and quickly take stock of what got, not just done, but completed today.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Busy Days

Do you ever get to the end of the day and sit down in your chair or lay down in bed and wonder, “What did I do all day?” As you look around (or picture in your head) at all the things that are left to be done, you try to conjure up what in the world it was that you did that day. Although exhausted, and having been busy all day, it seems like there’s more to do than there was at the beginning of the day.
When this happens to me I find, upon reflecting on my day, that I allowed myself to be distracted and start a dozen things, finishing none. A little bit of this and a little bit of that got done, but nothing got completed. Which means that it looks like nothing happened all day except for more mess making. This happens to me in part because I’d much rather take on a project than work on the day-to-day items of running the house. Dust? No, that’ll wait. I’ve got clothes to go through. Toilets? No. Not when there’s an event to plan. And although the clothes do need to be gone through (at some point) and the event needs to be planned (but did I have to take it on?), the daily home-care needs to happen too. And it’s not going to if I don’t get myself organized.
There are bigger projects (like planning my son’s preschool curriculum for the year) that can’t be done in one sitting or one day, but there are many that often linger that should be done more succinctly. For me, I find that writing down what I want to get done helps me prioritize and accomplish more. And if at least one of those things helps improve the looks of my home, all the better. I feel like I’ve accomplished more (no matter what I’ve actually done) if I can visibly see the results. So as I look at the last quarter of my day, I realize that I can complete a task or two and wake up tomorrow with a little less to face, even if there is a baby who’ll probably interrupt me at some point and three other children to feed, spend time with and put to bed. It’ll be worth it when I sit down and can easily and quickly take stock of what got, not just done, but completed today.

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