After an incredibly productive weekend, it can sometimes be both calming and stressful to look at a new week ahead of you. Almost every Sunday night I get out my planner, see all that's already penciled in and add other obligations and to-do's and before you know it? There's barely any white space left for the next 5-7 days. Yikes! How do I manage to cram every inch of downtime with something? This week especially has me feeling a bit overwhelmed- between doctor's appointments, volunteering, a Reds game with my office and my class reunion finally on Saturday, it seems as if there is no way I'll get it all done.
Can you relate? Looking at an entire week, or month, in advance can sometimes stress me out. Obviously we want to know what's around the corner, or what we need to be prepping for- but seeing it all written in one place can send me into panic mode occasionally. Funny, isn't it? A planner which is supposed to keep me organized and on top of everything- can almost have the reverse effect at times if you let it. Anytime I freak out I try to take a few deep breaths and just focus on the next 24 hours. Usually that works for me. Then I can think about what has the highest priority that day- start there and work my way down. I'd say that's what Jared and I did this weekend and in the end it paid off. We got SO much done and just focused on the tasks at hand one by one.
Friday I had to drop my car off to have some work done so Jared met me there. I'm typically a person that does not enjoy Fridays. There, I said it! The commute just always takes extra long because everyone is rushing to get somewhere and as a result there are more accidents and hold-ups. We're all so eager to get to that weekend that we end up delaying it even more. So the traffic tried to annoy me Friday as usual, but we dropped my car off and decided to make the best of the evening with some quick sushi takeout, finishing a movie and an early bedtime. Hashtag old people.
Saturday Jared coached a sports clinic with his cousin bright and early in the morning and I had to be at work later that afternoon. You can guess who got to drop him off since we only had one car, right? Up at 6:15 on a Saturday isn't my ideal way to start things but again, I made the best of my time. There was no way I'd be able to get back to sleep after dropping him off so I hit up the grocery store, list in hand. And you know what? I kinda' loved being the only one crazy enough to be at Kroger that early. I got what I needed and was back home with plenty of time to do what I wanted. Decluttering was on the agenda and I filled another couple bags of stuff to take to GoodWill.
That afternoon I had to give tours at the stadium for a few hours. Luckily I was stationed inside most of the time since it was hot hot hot. I passed the time by sending ridiculous pictures to friends, stalking players coming in and out and doing hip stretches when no one was around. I worked some too, I promise.
After a long day on our feet the last thing Jared and I wanted to do was work in our yard- but we knew we needed to. It's a project we'd put off for far too long and Sunday's weather wasn't looking too promising - it was now or never! We tackled Lowe's like professionals and forced ourselves out into the muggy evening for a few hours.
|Definitely our most glamorous pictures to date ;)|
I am pretty confident I have never looked or felt that disgusting in my life. Sweat was pouring off of me, I had dirt everywhere (including on my eyelids somehow) but we kept on trucking. Chopping, weeding, mulching- we made the most of those few hours and it was well worth it. There is still more to to (hello, backyard!) but the progress we made felt pretty awesome.
So "make the most of it" is something I'm trying to remind myself day-in and day-out. We're all busy- that's life! If I just sit and pout or stress about how much I have going on, that's not exactly going to solve anything. I've just gotta take control of the hours I do have and make them count. It would have been much easier to just flop on the couch while I was home and say, "I'll get to that tomorrow" but there's no satisfaction in that! Crossing things off the list, one thing at a time, one day at a time is the only way to function. So this week I'm not looking too far ahead, I'm just sticking with today.