“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”
As I’m writing this sentence, I have exactly 32 minutes within which I need to have this post up. Oops, make that 31 minutes. I’m listening to one kid, who I thought might actually be asleep after a 45-minute reading, tucking in, snuggling and re-tucking in routine, singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” over and over and over again. The other kid is stomping around getting ready for bed and complaining that she has NOTHING TO WEAR tomorrow. Their dad? Well, I was traveling for work a few days this week so he was solely responsible for the household and hellions, so I’m not exactly sure where he is. He may have crawled off to take a nap somewhere. Ah, nope, he’s helping to find an outfit. I can tell because I can hear yelling. Ah, poor guy. He doesn’t have a chance in helping with wardrobe options against the ire of a strong-willed pre-pubescent girl. I’d offer to moderate the conversation but now, because I’ve been listening to them and checking emails and texting with a friend on the west coast, I now have less than 10 minutes to get this post up within my designated weekly block.
So aside from the above distractions, I actually have no idea what I want to write about this week. As any of you who read regularly, you may know that I’m something of a procrastinator. It’s not intentional, I really feel like I’ve moved beyond the self-sabotage phase of my life. It’s just time that I’m short on.
I actually do have a TON of topics I would like to tackle in the future. This time of year, though? I’m hanging on by a thread. Although, I am proud of the fact that I did finally purge my home of everything I could find for 0-4 year old humans. Approximately one year and one month after I set that as my goal.
And now? I have two baskets of laundry that need to be folded, one tree that I PROMISED my kids I’d at least get the lights strung on tonight, I still have Christmas presents to shop for, and holiday cards to order (yeah, those of you on my mailing list can probably look forward to a Happy New Year card at this point), decorations to haul out and put up, oh and lunches to be made and dang if I don’t have a cold and I’m just TIRED. And there might be some critter who managed to squeeze itself in between the floors of my house that is scurrying around above my head. And I just wish that critter an exit or DEATH.
So here I am, over an hour PAST my designated post time, wondering if I’ll get demerits for posting late and feeling like a turd because I can’t manage to get through all of the things I NEED to do, let alone anything I want to do, for myself or anyone else.
So there it is. I’m overwhelmed, but working through it. Like so many others of you, I’m sure. I wish I had a go-to for, well, everything. For kid lunches, for a blog post, for workouts, for work, for keeping my floors clean.
How about you?