It’s been a sweet vacation of rest and procrastination. Of low expectations due to having a newborn, and wondering just how long I can use that as an excuse to let things go undone? I’ve been taking care of babies, food, and laundry, but that’s pretty much it.
Everyone says to take care of yourself and make sure to get plenty of rest, and that’s great advice… but it doesn’t get the bathroom clean or the bills paid. After a few weeks I just don’t know how much longer I can look at all the stuff that hasn’t been done yet. Each night as I think of the things I didn’t do, I wonder, “well, maybe tomorrow…”
As we’re coming out of the first weeks with a newborn, I don’t anticipate the next few months (or years!) becoming much easier. I need to learn how to live with the added demands while still being somewhat productive.
Seriously, doesn’t this little guy just make you want to get to work and tackle your to do list?
No, no he doesn’t. It’s why I have so many unanswered emails.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far to ease back in:
1. Take care of me. Essentially: Rest. Eat. Take vitamins.
2. Reassess goals. Recently I’ve changed my perspective to focus more on how I do my work instead of the actual list. This means:
- I will have a sweet and gentle attitude instead of a surly one.
- I will get my energy from healthy food instead of caffeine and sugar.
- I will not give in to let my three year old watch movie marathons so that I can concentrate.
3. Do one thing that won’t immediately be undone. Something other than the dishes, laundry, or picking up. Even if it’s just the first step of a larger task, it feels like progress, which can give you momentum.
4. Pray. Thinking about God’s promises helps me to not feel beat down.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.” (Lam 3:22-23)