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?