As we all know, I tend to heap too much onto my plate. I’m always coming up with new ideas for projects and things to do, and I love being busy. I work well with a deadline and can often get a lot accomplished in a short amount of time if I set my mind to it. For the past month or so, however, I think I set too many goals for myself — too many big goals, at least.
I often have difficulty accepting that there are only so many hours in a day. I want to cram as much as possible into each day. I also like to think of myself as superwoman, as capable of getting more done than anyone else. As a result, I never give myself time to just relax and breathe. It’s been a problem for a while now, but it’s only recently starting to really hit me, as I struggle keeping up with my many tasks.
With all that being said, I’ve been working on modifying my game plan for the next couple of months. I’m re-prioritizing based on urgency and importance, and pushing some goals that, while I’m anxious to accomplish them, are not very pressing in the grand scheme of things.
I’m also trying to figure out the best way to get in some relaxation time. The problem with relaxation time is that I always feel like I’m wasting my time, or that I should be doing something more productive. Unless I’m completely exhausted, I can’t just sit and zone out to TV. It feels like a waste to me. So I’m looking for ways that I can relax and still be “productive” in a soothing, relaxing way. I’m thinking crocheting, cross-stitch, reading, etc. I also have little projects that I’ve been putting off because they’re not urgent, but which may provide a bit of a release mentally — things like putting together project kits for Avery, making story and music CDs for the kids, filing, or searching for Usborne graphics for parties.
Originally Saturday nights were going to be my pseudo-relaxation time, when I took care of creative or more open-ended tasks, but as I started slipping in my regular weekly tasks, Saturday nights were taken over. I think it’s time to bring them back. I also think perhaps I should schedule “catch-up” time into my week, so if I start slipping in my tasks they don’t start seeping into my weekends.
I know I’m always rearranging and tweaking and adjusting when things don’t go according to plan (or when I schedule too much into an already-full planner). While I’ve made a lot of progress this year on learning about myself and what works for me, I’m still working on the scheduling and planning. All this adjusting is just me figuring out the best way to work. For me to maximize not only my time, but my efficiency, productivity, and mental capacity, I need a lot of trial and error. And I’ve certainly had that! I’m definitely still a work in progress. But I’m confident that I’ll find something that works at least most of the time — eventually.