It started off great this week.
Monday at the gym for some cardio.
Tuesday an early morning swim followed by 1.5 hours of yard work after I dropped off my child for summer camp. I thought I had accomplished so much tuesday morning just before the real heat set in. I took a shower, but then I found that I was so tired! I struggled to stay awake for a few hours to do some work before I had to pick up my daughter.
At 1:45pm I picked her up from summer camp. By then, I was exhausted. Next came 5 more hours of running around to keep her occupied. At 7pm, I trudged home. By then, I was dazed and confused.
Thank goodness my husband was home. I passed off my daughter to her and vegged. I put on a DVD - a real doozy of a chick flick (He's just not into you). I then just laid there like a bump on the log watching the boob tube. Oh, what luxury! I had not been able to do this in quite some time! Two hours later, I felt like I had recovered a bit. I could then think clearly, at least.
Wednesday - rest day. Felt good.
Thursday - yard work for one hour. I told myself not to overdo it, especially in the heat. Did 4 hours of work for my biz.
Friday - totally slacked off on exercising. Did 4 more hours of work for my biz.
Saturday - today - back on the wagon with a 4 mile run.
Now that I write down what I did, it looks somewhat balanced. But, when I'm living it, it feels like I'm really slacking off in everything. If I'm not working on my biz, I feel like a slacker! If I'm not exercising regularly, I'm a slacker! If I'm not social networking, I'm a slacker! When my yard is a mess, I'm a slacker. When my house is messy, I"m a slacker!
Then, I have to stop myself...
I'm a parent and ....ugh...a housewife. Now, my life is all about mastering the balancing act. More importantly, learning to become satisfied with what I can realistically accomplish in a day or a week...that's the hardest part.
It's about taking stock and doing some hard line prioritizing.
Priority #1: care for and spend time with family. Essentially 6 to 8 hours a day spent here.
Priority #2: get just enough exercise to stay sane. This essentially means to devote 1 hour of exercise a day and no more, since any more makes me too tired to do priority #1.
Priority #3: Housewifey chores that have absolutely have to get done . This means - keep clean clothes at hand, wash dishes so ants don't come, and sweep when I step of lots of crumbs, cook...a little. That's about all I can do in 1 to 2 hours a day.
Priority #4: biz here and there. I need to be happy with a solid 1 to 2 hours a day.
Everything else is Priority #5. And believe me, there are tons of stuff in this category. Everything from mowing the lawn, all other housework, filing the mountains of paperwork in my office, any social stuff, doing social networking, education, relaxing, etc. The list goes on and on. This is my biggest hurdle. There's just too much here to do in 2 to 3 hours a day that I have left.
So, as I'm writing this, I realize that I have to work more on prioritizing. But, wait...that's in priority #5, right? I'm going to work on priority #4 now :-)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
It started off great this week.