Have you ever noticed how the more you have to do, the less you do?
I’ve been so busy lately with year end school activities that my house looks like a bomb went off. Really.
The more overwhelmed I get the more Scrabble on Facebook I just want to sit and play. Seriously, it’s like if I totally focus on something else the mess will just go away. But unfortunately you and I both know it just doesn’t work that way.
I know I have too much on my plate right now because yesterday I did something that I still can’t believe I did. My daughter’s class was going on a field trip and I was asked to meet up with them at the lake with all the picnic lunch supplies (hot dogs, chips, marshmellows, cookies, watermelon, plates, cups, etc..). Sounds easy right? I got everything packed up and organized into boxes, got it all loaded up into the van and away we went. I drove the half hour out and got there just as the very hungry kids in the school bus were pulling in. It was at that precise moment that I realized I’d forgotten one very important thing for a weinie roast. Umm, yah that would be the weiners which by the way are still sitting in the fridge in my basement. I was mortified! Thankfully we were able to get a hold of someone that hadn’t left town yet and they were able to go purchase us some more hot dogs and drive them out, whew. Lunch was a little late but luckily it all worked out in the end.
Yep today is about slowing down. It’s about turning off the computer and getting it together.
Here are a few things I’ll be working on today:
A linen closet that needs to be re-organized now that my baby(!) is no longer in his crib…..
Overflowing garbage baskets…..
Rhubarb from the in-laws waiting to be cut up…..
I realize now more than ever that sticking to my daily routines is a must. The feeling of being so overwhelmed that you don’t even know where to begin can bury us. Luckily those negative feelings are just that. I need to replace the negative mantra that blinks so brightly in my mind with something a little more positive and attainable.
Two of my favorite mantras that I constantly use and find very helpful are:
Slow and steady wins the race
Eat the frog*
I know it sounds silly but I literally say these over and over and over again when I need to focus. Why? Because if I don’t negative nelly sneaks in to tell me how useless it is and to remind me how tired I am. Gosh that voice is powerful. Block it with reaffirming words and just keep plugging along.
I can do it.
We can do it!
Slow and steady wins the race….
Do you have a mantra that you find yourself repeating in order to get things done?
*Eat The Frog refers to biting the bullet and doing the least desirable chore first to get it out of the way. It’s amazing how getting that one thing done lifts a huge weight off your shoulders and makes everything else to follow that much easier.
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