So Much To Do…So Little Time

Do you ever feel like you have so much to do and so little time? I feel like this every day. I always feel like I have too many things on my to-do list, and not enough time to do it all.

I am constantly writing down notes of things that I need to do, things I want to do, things I just want to make note of. I never use to be this forgetful! I guess that happens when you grow up: your brain starts to forget things. I seem to write them down on paper and then sometimes lose the paper. Or I use the notes or reminders on my iPhone, but I don’t always check back. I use the reminders for assistance, but I am constantly changing the due date of the reminders…more like putting some of them off. And I don’t know if it’s that I don’t have enough time, I’m not managing my time well, or I’m just avoiding doing certain things.

I realize that my mind wanders. It wanders all. the. time. It really does. So sometimes I have a hard time focusing on what it is that I need to be doing. Well, that’s not entirely true. I think as the day goes on, it gets a bit harder for me to focus on what I’m doing, as I’m thinking about all I need to do. I need to clean the kitchen. I need to clear off the kitchen table. I need to clean the bathrooms. I need to email “so and so” about this or that. I wanted to look up this. Oh – I need to get this for the family. Gosh it’s never ending in my brain! Always go, go, go.  When will I get that I need to slow down? I don’t know if I ever really will. I try, my how I try! It just doesn’t happen.

Now I know I’m not alone here. There are other working parents that feel the same way, am I right? I feel like by 8:00 p.m., most people are thinking, “Ok, I need to wash the dishes, clean up, etc. and be to bed by 9:00 p.m.”. For some, this happens very easily. For others, not always the case. I try to add in more to my day. I try to pick up the house a bit; I try to do laundry; I try to read a book; I try to watch a TV show; I try to ….. the list could go on!

It’s a learning curve, right? You just do what you can each day and that’s all you can do. One day you may be extremely productive, while another you may be a bit more on the lazy side.

I am learning that no matter what I do throughout the day, I will probably not accomplish everything I’d like to for a day. Of course there may be that off chance that I do. And it’s OK if I don’t accomplish everything I needed to that day. Life still goes on. There is another day. Take each day as it comes and take it with a smile, love, laughter, joy.

Take a minute to smell the flowers….