Sang Gretchen. I smiled. My heart smiled. My soul smiled. I sat in our car as we drove adventuring on our rock, shut out my eyes, hoped I’d remember this moment of joy and — goodness loved this minute. Big girl your words are my now. Sweet awesomeness of four girls, adventuring, happiness and then … yes weeks that last a month.
“Weeks of the Month” had me thinking that task management is the same dang topic I’ve been blogging about for well EIGHT years. I can look at Sweetpea and realize that I STILL do not have a solid task management process…or I am inconsistent in my application. I drown. I plan. I stop drowning. I drown again. Repeat. According to all my things, I do change in April.
So let’s do change April. On a Sunday. On the 18th of said April. Because who doesn’t start mid-month.
A life coach reached out to me and said that yes her process was very simple. So that summarizes again to me to ACCOUNTABILITY. So. I’m going to just start with one thing at a time. This month, or what remains, I am going to practice putting my phone down. If I put my phone down, I will gain an average of 5 hours and 19 minutes back to my day (thank you Apple).
I have a problem. I like to do too much. For some reason I have the hardest time saying no to all the awesome things life has to offer. In 2013, I started prioritizing what I would commit to as noted in this post (Drowning is Not an Option). Essentially I decided I would mature the wife, mother, employee, Reservist and self part of my life. Then I tried to add a “slicer“…that failed.
So let’s fast forward to today…it’s amazing how you can only “plan, predict and prioritize” so much. Over the last wow 5ish years…I’ve been perfecting my ability to do things.
So when my boss asked me if I wanted to increase my work hours from 32 per week to 40…I excitedly said YES! But then I thought about it and he called me out for my inability to stick to the yes. So this year’s focus is saying no. I want to focus on work/life balance (you know things like eating, sleeping…drinking water). I’m not going to answer all the questions I can answer on Facebook. I’m not going to provide unsolicited advice. I’ll write about it and just try to focus on the me part a little more this year.
So 2018…this year is for me. I’m going to work out, drink water every day, eat, try to sleep, and say no to over committing myself.
If my life were pots, I would have probably fifty. I like to keep things busy and once upon a time, 50 pots were not overwhelming. Now I’m barely coping with about five.
Pot one: Wife
Pot two: Mother
Pot three: Full time job
four: Part time job
five: me….working out and fitness
Somewhere in the mix, my brain went on the fritz and my ability to master all these little pots went down the drain. Some days my little five leave me feeling a sense of complete and utter –drowning. That’s a good analogy: drowning. I’m determined I don’t have to drown. I don’t have to (hopefully) give up personal appearance, an appreciation for my job, joyous moments with Sweetpea, and overall health. Afterall, I’m trying to be a good example for our little bundle of joy.