Remember that blogger’s book club I joined? From Left to Write? Well, even though I don’t read much beyond Captain Underpants these days (yes, that’s really what I’m reading with Big), they haven’t given up on me. This month’s book (which I received a free copy of as part of the club) seemed perfect for me: Take the Cake, A Working Mom’s Guide to Grabbing a Slice of the Life You’ll Love. Plus it was a quick read (and far more applicable in real life than a superhero who fights the evils of wedgies). I learned some really practical tips—like dividing my to-do list into quadrants (e.g. family, house, me and work) and being sure to check off at least one thing in each section every day—and it inspired the following post. Thanks to M.F. Chapman and From Left to Write!
To dos. They can seem never ending (especially when you don’t do them). So when I have a day to make a major dent in that looming list—which is oh-so rare and oh-so coveted—my expectations for myself are high. Last week I had one of those days. I started out with a list of goals (in my head) and ended with, well…pretty much the same list. Everything took longer than I anticipated and most things didn’t even get started, let alone done. By the end of the day, I felt defeated and frustrated.
Then I made a list—well, two of them actually. (And no, neither of them were to-do lists.) Here they are:
Things I Didn’t Do Today: (because, let’s face it, these were the thoughts plaguing me)
• Make an official to-do list
• Go through/organize my personal email (sorry if you’ve been waiting for a reply from me…for months)
• File the paperwork that’s piled up on my dresser the last few months
• Write Christmas thank you notes
• Update our family website with Christmas photos, etc. (yep, I have a family blog too)
Things I Did Do Today:
• Saw my baby wiggling around and listened to its heartbeat
• Wrote 2 posts for Using Our Words
• Donated clothes and toys to a local shelter and watched as families in need immediately flocked to them to provide for their children
• Made a homemade dinner (afraid this isn’t an every day occurrence in our house) and enjoyed it in the company of good friends as we listened to our children laughing and playing together
When I thought about what really mattered, I realized I had accomplished a lot. I’d done something for my family, for myself, for my community and for my friends. Ah, balance.
I know I’ll always have a to-do list that I can’t quite conquer (or write down). It’s my nature. But I’m hoping that I’m always ok with pushing it aside to enjoy life’s sweetest moments.