Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Slowing Down

I should have realized this a long time ago and I would probably not have been so strung out. I couldn't figure out why when E (baby boy #3) came along, my whole world seemed to fall apart. Part of it could have been moving with 3 small boys (the youngest not even 3 months old) to a town that we were familiar with and I should have been happy. Not so much so. As the days turned into weeks, the weeks turned into months and then the months turned into years I felt my whole world was spiralling out of control. In March we will be in our current home 3 years, the longest we have been in any house since we were married 7 years ago, the longest M has been in a house in his 6 short years of life and it's all starting to click.

Why? I slowed down and smelled the coffee, the flowers, the books, whatever you wish to smell. I have been looking at everyday chores, as just that a chore, the past few weeks I've started to change my way of thinking. I started to take time for myself. I don't really have one organizational website, book, person that I follow. I have adapted several into what works for me. But I do believe that anything can be done in 15 minutes. I work for two 15 minute periods in an hour on household chores or duties, then I move on and work on a craft for 15 minutes and finally I stop and read for 15 minutes. My, the things that I have accomplished in the last few weeks. I have to set a timer, if I don't, then I don't take time for me and lose track of what I was working on.

I may not always get done everything on my To Do List, but I've stopped beating myself up, started my new list for the next day and if there are items that need to be completed from the day before, I don't rewrite them, I just complete the task later in the week.

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