Instead of whipping myself for not getting things done more efficiently (im not entirely into self-flagellation, but catch myself thinking unhelpful things now and again) I thought I might try and pull myself up on this kind of negative reflection, and try another approach. So, i thought i would take a minute or two right now, at the close of the day, to think about what i did manage to do.
Hmmm....this will probably only be interesting to me, but this blog is for me, right? Yeah... well maybe it will also serve to remind us all of how much we actually do get done, even when we feel like we ain't doing much at all
- Getting breakfast ready, getting two kids up and dressed. Packing lunch boxes for one, and entertaining the second, cajoling her to eat something. Anything...
- Check work emails. Not much there. A few quick responses
- Clean coffee machine
- Have breakfast, shower, get dressed.
- Put on a load of washing, hang that one out, put on another
- Find dog, call vet, negotiate treatment plan for non-eating behaviour. make appointment for vet
- Call the wood guy to get wood delivery
- Put another load of washing on, hang out the previous lot.
- Tidy kitchen, compile shopping list
- Clean away camping gear from deck (left there for at least 7 days...sigh)
- Read 4 year old a couple of stories
- Call sister
- Call friend to get a referral for an opthalmologist in Launceston
- Make lunch, feed little one
- Read little one tow more stories and convince her to have a nap
- Put on more laundry
- Make a dog bed in the car, wake up grumpy sad little one
- Take dog to vet, looks like he has a bowel obstruction and needs surgery. Poor little guy
- Ring wood guy to get wood delivered (its getting cold here at night now)
- Get a few things from the supermarket
- Pick up older child from school
- Speed home as it looks like raining, take of washing from line
- Dealt with urgent mail
- Fold washing and put away
- Made a bit of a after school snack for the kids and I (just toasted croissants)
- short trip to the post office to collect parcels
- Suggest a clip-making exercise for the girls to get into
- Clean kids bedroom, vacuum
- Encourage eldest child to get ahead on some homework
- Get dinner on (tom yum for S and I, spaghetti for the kids)
- Rang vet to get latest on poor little guy (hes doing OK)
But why is it that this list becomes important in making me feel better?
Why is it not simply OK to just sit still and read a wonderful book for half an hour?
Why do the guilt demons arise if I think about doing something thats just for me?
Rhetorical questions, yes, but how did your Monday go?