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Catching Up with the Behinds

It might be easier for me to get everything done if it wasn’t for the fact that there was so much to do. Every day brings new challenges and exciting ventures that are stumped by the fact that there is real, paying work to be done – that doesn’t even TOUCH on the household chores that are falling behind.

At this point I am so far behind that I’m getting behind on next week. In attempt to regain control of my home, my work, my writing and my garden I’m taking it on one hour at a time.

    1. Spend one hour working on my writing assignments.
    2. Spend the next hour working out in the garden weeding.
    3. Spend the next hour working on my personal writings.
    4. Spend the next hour working in the yard mowing and cleaning up from the storms.

Take a break and then repeat the process.

Doing little pieces of everything keeps me from burning out on any one thing. Having a game plan helps me stay focused and motivated to keep on keeping on. The downside is that I’ve been working most of the day and it doesn’t feel like I’m getting anything done.

In the end, I have to do what I have to do.

    – If I leave the garden then the weeds will take over and I’ll be tempted to just “wait until the winter when everything dies out.” I know, it happened last year. It is far better to get a little done, and then a little more and then a little more and enjoy what I can along the way.

    – If I work in my garden and NOT on my assignments then I risk losing the jobs and not getting paid but doing nothing but the assignments tires out my hind side and burns my brain. One article at a time, one piece of content at each sitting or just one blog post helps to chip away at the pile of work without making me feel like I’ve done nothing but work all day.

    – If we don’t mow the yard now then the next storm will come through and we won’t be able to mow until next week. By then it will be easier to rent a hay baler and just bale the yard! Getting the stuff around the gardens and house mowed makes it possible to use the bush hog on the rest of the yard (did I mention we have a HUGE yard).

    – If I don’t write on my websites consistently then all of the work that I have been doing to build them up will be lost. Working on my own stuff for one hour here and there gives me a place to vent about my troubles, to help others with their own struggles or just allows me to take a break from the monotony of the rest of the day.

There is NO WAY I’m going to get everything done today and I’m okay that (but don’t tell my husband, he’s still of the mind set that if it’s on a list then it must be completed and marked off). I know I will make a massive dent in all of the “to-do’s” that have accumulated over the last week or two. Working away at the list just a little at a time will have me back on track in no time flat.

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2 Responses to Catching Up with the Behinds

  1. Amy April 18, 2009 at 11:59 PM #

    Kathryn, you seem so very organized, I’m certain you’ll find a way to get this all done. I like the way on this site you’ve made tasks that seem so difficult for some of us, very do-able. And thanks for visiting my blog, I look forward to following your tips for household management.

    • Kathryn April 19, 2009 at 6:44 AM #

      Hey Amy – truth is that I probably don’t have a organized gene in my body 😀 Just ask my husband. It cracks him up every time he hears someone talk about me being organized. I have LEARNED organization which means their is hope for us all!

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