How do you two do it all!!!???
Work, read, blog, interact with your community??? You inspire me and amaze me and sometimes make me feel guilty LOL How DO you do it all?”
This was a comment from Shawna on Sunday, and I wanted to share it because it made me smile. Note that Shawna lives in a family of 9, so I’m going to take a wild guess that she does a lot too!
How do I do it all?
- With a calendar to be sure – I looove my Google calendar. I would completely loose track without it.
- Living close to work, play, friends, and stores. That’s incredibly time-saving.
- Prioritizing. Oh yeah, I definitely focus on the big things – for instance, sometimes tidiness wins over spic and span clean in our household.
- Being efficient with my time. I consolidate tasks if I can – we do the majority of our errands one day a week, I sometimes write more than one article at a time (on a good day!), I have regular days that I meet with friends so we don’t lose sight of one another, and other things like this.
- Not watching television. We do watch movies, but we don’t have cable or a digital box or anything of the sort. Without television, we have a lot more time for reading and writing.
- Determination. I know it sounds strange maybe, but what drives me most is knowing that the climate is changing, people are needlessly dying, animals are going extinct, … and I can do something to change it. So I feel I must do whatever I can.
That said, I’m certainly not perfect. The past few weeks we’ve been gearing up for our business launch on March 2nd, so I have been working non-stop it seems. This weekend I finished creating our logo, built our business blog from scratch, worked a lot on our website design, and filled out a good deal of our Marketing Plan.
That took a lot of time, so I didn’t have time to cook each meal from scratch (though we still ate locally-sourced foods). I did have a couple of drinks on Friday night just to soothe my soul (mind you, they were seasonal: one made from blood orange juice and the other made from pear juice!). I did neglect you all here, because by the time I sat down to write I was mentally exhausted. And I hardly left the house for 2 days!
There is a give and take, because there is only so much time in a day. Health and sleep come first, of course, because you can’t save the world if you’re sick in bed. And after that, every day has a different priority. That’s life – at least my life.
And this sounds like my life is chaotic, but while sometimes it’s full, it doesn’t feel chaotic. I take the time to relax if I’m feeling to anxious, I debrief about the day with my husband (and best friend) each evening, I play with our animals and drink tea and go for walks and … remember to do stuff that makes me feel good.
I can’t fret about what I don’t do. I can only work as hard as I can on the things I do do. And tomorrow is another day, full of new possibilities, ebbing and flowing with the seasons of life.
How Do You Do It All?
I know I’m not the only one who crams a lot into a day – how do you do it?