Thursday, June 27, 2013

Everything Will Never Get Done, and That's Okay!

No matter what your position in life you probably have a stack of things piled up that you need to do or wanted to get done by the end of the day, week, month, or even year.  I know that as a stay at home mom, blogger, and full time student, I always have an ongoing pile of stuff to do and multiple lists.

I have lists of things that need cleaned and organized, house projects that need done, normal household chores, a huge list of crafts that I want to one day get around to, 4 empty scrapbooks just waiting to be done, blog posts waiting to be written, homework to be done, and of course goals to spend quality time with the kids and my husband.

There is no way that one person can get everything done, all of the time.  Period!

I was reading comments on another blogger's Facebook post (sorry I can't remember who) and one of the comments was that all they wanted to do was get back into doing crafts and they haven't been able to since they had their child.  I totally understand this statement.

I am one of those people who have a hard time putting all of the other stuff on hold to do something I really enjoy doing.  The problem with this is that I end up starting multiple lists at a time and projects and really never get anything accomplished because I am stressed out about getting everything done.  I normally have half finished laundry, half done crafts, and rooms that are half cleaned before I remember I had already started something else!

I haven't been able to do any crafts lately because I have had just too much to do.  Yesterday I decided I was finally going to try painting on pallet wood because I have been wanting to do it for about 6 months and keep putting it off.  The only reason that I had time to do this was because I didn't do laundry or anything else that needed done.


Last night I let Z stay up late tonight and we went on a lightning bug hunt.  The look on his face after catching 5 of them was worth me having to decide to either put off the dishes until the next day or stay up late and do them.  I decided I will do them tomorrow!

Sometimes doing what makes you happy is all that is needed to make you feel like you accomplished something.  I know that for me, being happy equals being more productive.  Because I took that extra time to do the things that I wanted to, the rest of the week I will feel refreshed and more relaxed, which for me means more productive on the need-to-do lists.

I constantly have to remind myself of this and not set my daily expectations higher than I could ever meet.  I am trying to be more conscious of the things I did accomplish rather than the things that I didn't.

Don't let anybody else tell you what is the most important thing for your to do or that the dishes always need to be done before you have fun.  Sometimes you just need to do it for you, and THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!

We only have one life, try to do the things you enjoy as much as possible.

2 comments:

  1. I'm always amazed at the amount of moms who try to pretend their house is always perfect if you happen to stop by... they scramble and apologize for the breakfast dish in the sink. Please! We're all parents. Some things you just let go by the wayside so you can spend more time enjoying your kids. Great post.

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    1. Thanks for reading. Sometimes it is hard to admit we can't do everything, all of the time. Some people are magical and can keep their houses clean and entertain their kids, and work full time. I am not one of those people! My kitchen sink seems like it is always full until after the kids go to bed and then it is empty overnight and starts again in the morning!

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