Sunday, March 25, 2012

Snap Out Of It!

Ok.  So.  This post is going to seem a little absurd to many of you but it is a REAL issue that I deal with and have been dealing with for 9 years.  One of the things I struggle with most as a mom is taking time to read, eat, sit or blog during the hours of 9AM - 5PM.  I am serious.  I don't feel guilt if I am doing laundry, cleaning house, or cooking a meal rather than engaging with my children but I honestly feel like a complete loser if I chose to take a break during my day.  I actually even eat my lunch standing typically because if I sit I feel like I am wasting time.  I met a friend for coffee this morning and she totally opened my eyes to a new way of looking at this.

Here are some things that she pointed out.  #1 My job is not a 9-5 job.  My day does not start winding down at 5 PM. That is actually when it starts ramping back up.  I know that I am not going to have any down time from 5 PM to 9 PM to read, blog or watch a show, so if there happens to be slow point during my day I need to take advantage of it.

#2.  It is just ridiculous that I don't sit and eat my lunch.  Lunch breaks are common practice.  Not all people choose to sit and eat lunch but taking a lunch break is not considered being a slacker.

These points are so true but it will still be hard for me to put them into practice.  I think it is because I miss having a way to measure my productivity.  When I worked outside the home it was easy to measure what all I had accomplished during my day and when I left work the days tasks were DONE.  That is not the case now.  No matter how hard I work there is not a time at the end of the day where everything is accomplished and complete.   I know this.  I am aware of this.  I have actually encourage other moms to not be bogged down by this but I am having a hard time living out my own advice here. 

I am thankful for friends who keep us in check.  I need it.  I needed someone to look at me like I was nuts and tell me to snap out of it.  I heard her.  I am going to change.  I am typing this blog at 1 PM instead of 1 AM.  The dishes need to be put away.  The clothes in the washer are ready to go in the dryer.  The vacuum cleaner is laying on it's side in the middle of the living room (why???) and there are plenty of other things that need to be done.  They can wait.  I just took 45 min of rest.  Yay me!

1 comment:

  1. Needed this and so do a lot of moms! The vacuum is hilarious. :) Keep taking those breaks!
    Michelle Matthews