Should I catch up on cleaning, gardening, financial management? Should I plan meals, de-clutter? In getting rid of clutter, where should I start (my clothes, baby clothes, office supplies)? But – maybe this would be time to read a book. Or call a friend. Or organize photos. Or go for a walk.
Does anyone else feel pulled in a million directions? How do you manage?”
–Beth, commenting on the post Finishing Things
What do you do when there is more to do than you ever have time for?
It’s easy to be reminded of all the things that would be good to do. It’s also easy to feel worn out or overwhelmed.
When it comes to prioritizing, we need to remember that goals are relative. We don’t all have the same free time or energy or support systems. My life is busy now, but I’m not pulled in quite the same way that I was when Lane was one. I had to adjust my goals and expectations to fit what I could manage. We left the house a lot that year, because that was the only way I could maintain it and keep things from getting worse.
Pictures tell the story better, so let’s get down and dirty.
The year Lane was one, she liked to get things out.
Including my makeup.
It was easy to see where she’d been.
I had my own share of messes. This stuff was on my hope chest for, I don’t know…months.
Sometimes we had sugar cereal for a home-cooked meal.
Here’s a good one — I fell asleep on my bed at 7:20 p.m. beside a pile of laundry. What’s significant about this photo is it was my anniversary.
The year Lane was one, I didn’t do a lot of paperwork or organize my photos or plan meals. I was just glad when I could sit quietly in my chair and read for a few minutes. I wanted to be productive, but at that stage in my life, the results of my productivity looked very different from what someone else’s might look like. I didn’t have it together, and although that would have been nice, it wasn’t the goal.
When I found these photos, I happened to come across this one. What kept me focused on my true priorities instead of all the things I wasn’t doing is written on that page in that notebook.
And I’ll share that with you next time!