Patrick and I headed to the park the other day to play baseball. That means we take turns pitching and hitting-thankfully mostly ME pitching and HIM hitting. The first time I hit, he “made” me run the bases (run for me right now means a fast walk) and then said, “Mom, why aren’t you sliding? You have to slide!” It reminded me of the shin guard comment I got the other day and made me laugh. I said, “Patrick I can’t slide, I have a baby in my tummy!” He looked at me like that was sort of a cop-out excuse.
Someone emailed me and asked me how I get everything done on my to-do lists and manage to not feel like I am going crazy. Sometimes I DON’T get everything done on my to-do list and it just keeps getting transferred on down the line of days, which is OK because I know it will get done eventually. And sometimes I DO feel like I am going crazy keeping up but I know I don’t have to feel that way, and if I do consistently, I need to make changes in my life.
But I thought about the answer to that question and I’ve said it hundred times, but I feel best when I am ahead of the game, so I try really really hard to do that-to stay ahead of the game.
1. I try not to waste time. On this here computer, on too-long phone calls, or errands that aren’t necessary.
2. I try to have a daily to-do list or schedule for the next day…that I make in the evening, NOT the morning when I almost feel like the day gets away from me if I don’t start out with purpose.
3. I stay home as much as I can. I keep ahead on cleaning and laundry, doing a little here and there every day. I say no to lots and lots of things that pull me away from my family life here. I try to live my life knowing that being a mother and a wife and a house keeper is a huge job on to itself and I want that huge job, the most important one I’ll ever have, to be enjoyable.