And by OG, I totally mean Organizing Gangsta.
When you have one child in full-day school and another in half-day preschool, the dilemma inevitably arises — how on earth should I spend my time??
On the one hand you can cram every single second with stuff that you never get to do alone — pee, shower, laundry, cleaning, dance around the house, exercise.
But on the other hand you can enjoy what you what you never get to enjoy alone — sit still, watch non-animated television, paint nails that are adult-sized, write, read, dream, think, pray.
And so today — after I dropped my youngest off at preschool — I found myself facing the conundrum head on and worried to death I’d make the wrong decision. (I mean, it’s a precious four hours [not counting 40 minutes total drive time if I do decide to go home and back] and wasting even a minute is tear-inducing.)
And since he’s in preschool four days a week, I realized today that I need to very carefully strategize how to best to utilize these minutes of liquid gold.
So that’s what I did. I strategized today, and I made a plan. And I actually (wait for it) — PUT IT IN WRITING.
(Gasp! Shock! Awe!)
It is absolutely NO SECRET that I’m an anti-organizationally-gifted wife and mother. I’m very shoot-from-the-hip when it comes to meal planning, house cleaning, day-planning and everything else that requires home economical-type things.
But something happened today. I can’t describe exactly what happened when I dropped him off…but suddenly, I had the energy to do everything.
I exercised and them came home and cleaned bathrooms. Then I showered. Then I worked. Then I ate lunch and did laundry. Then I picked him up and we came home and he chilled and watched his new favorite show Paw Patrol while I got iced coffee ready and refrigerated, the kitchen straightened up some more, and laundry switched out.
It was as if that side-heel-clicky-jump thing I did in the parking lot after drop-off elicited magical productive powers.
(Do you see the column for dinner? It’s GENIUS!)
Yes, I realize there are a lot of gaps to fill. Yes, it only goes through Thursday (let’s pace ourselves, shall we? Rome wasn’t built in a day). And yes, I realize this doesn’t include my work-related tasks and how to tackle the beast that is this book I want to finish writing by my 41st birthday just nine months from now (metaphorically mystical music inserted here). And of course, it doesn’t include time to work on the other fabulous project that I’M SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE SOON.
For me, this is HUGE. Not only do I have a pseudo-plan for my
life days, I’m also getting Jaana onboard the “magically erase your responsibilities away” train. And she loves it! Just look!
I know what you’re thinking and I’ve already thought it: it’s been ONE. DAY.
Yes, that’s right.
But that one day ROCKED.
And this one day not only rocked, it was highly effective. And if a day to the Lord is like a thousand years, then this productive day of mine is like a thousand productive years to Him.
Which is more productivity than my mind can even handle.
(So I can totally bow out whenever I want and be done and you can’t. say. a. word.)
I promise I’m not going to turn into a home-organizing, meal-planning blogger — they amaze me and leave me speechless and I can’t compete. Plus, it’s just not in me and I couldn’t pull it off anyway. (And if that’s what drew you here, I am so sorry…you totally got punked.)
But I have to ask (just to plan ahead for the next thousand years, of course):
Do you have any easy, non-OCD, non-intimidating ways you stay organized you think I might try for a day??