“Just keep moving,” she says to herself

15 Dec

I don’t know how you guys are holding up but my life is WAY out of control. There are more things to do than there is time in the day. And surprisingly, my head hasn’t exploded yet. I haven’t melted. The world hasn’t come undone.

I’m holding it together.

And that’s because I have a new mantra:

JUST KEEP MOVING

If I just keep going, it will all get done. And I repeat this to myself over and over. And it’s helping me get through the day. It helps me when I have to balance childcare on my own and a full work day, it helps me when my boss tells me there are 10 more things to squeeze into my packed schedule, it helps me when catastrophe strikes our family, it has helped me get stuff done for Christmas.

Mantras are good. They’re soothing.

And really, this mantra has three parts. Three meanings. Let’s say three sub-mantras.

1) Prioritize.

Figure out what matters most, is most urgent, or is most imminent. Do that stuff first. I’m learning that an adult’s to-do list never, ever gets shorter. And I know that I’m not going to get everything done. At least not right away. So I work hard to re-shuffle my to-do list so that important bits are not neglected.

2) One step at a time.

Everything just feels so daunting when you’re busy. The other day, laundry became an awful burden. It’s simple, right?, but it felt like a ginormous hassle. So, I broke the task into smaller parts- collecting the dirty clothes, finding quarters, walking everything down to the basement, and so on. It helped. I got it done.

3) Schedule it! 

My brain is goo. Stuff doesn’t get retained anymore. And nothing gets done if it’s not on my calendar. Poor hubby is learning this the hard way- I have forgotten to do many things for him and our family because they didn’t make in on our calendar. And (I can’t believe I’m going to say this) thank goodness for iPhones. The calendar app is my buddy. I’d be lost without that thing cause as soon as I hear about another to-do, it goes on the calendar, right away.

Some how or other, I’m managing to keep my head above water this week. How do you guys manage busy-ness?

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One Response to ““Just keep moving,” she says to herself”

  1. Curly Carly December 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    I feel the same way nearly all the time. I’m exhausted! My trick is to have something to look forward to, like getting to sleep in on Saturday or having alone time to watch TV on Friday night, so that I don’t constantly dwell on how much I need a break.

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