Sprint to the finish

I can’t believe the end of school is so close.  If it weren’t for the tattered look of our school folders, I would think that we were still in the first few months of school.  This year has just flown by.  And next year, having two in school — I can’t imagine how fast that year will go!

And now I’m planning summer activities – well, I better have started planning in March.  Because for some things, it’s already too late.  Whoa!  And then in a couple of weeks, it will be time to plan for the fall.  (I’ve already started that.  Planning preschool for my youngest – and who will be where during the school year)  It’s crazy.  I haven’t even finished this year, and yet the next school year is already being planned in my head.  And my head is still trying to catch up to the fact that it’s the end of this school year.

Ugh.  I’m exhausted.

It’s no wonder that I’m finding it hard to find the time to blog.  During spring break, it went really well.  I had a plan and time to write it.  And I’m thinking the summer might be that way too.

It’s the daily grind that gets me.coffee-3

and not the good kind of daily grind

It’s the everyday necessities.  The things that have to be done.  Get kids ready for school and get them to school. Then run an errand, do a couple chores, hopefully workout, and maybe shower. Then it’s time to pick them up — snacks, homework, playing outside, activities, dinner, bath and then to bed. And then do it all over again the next day.

In this ongoing cycle, I’m finding it hard to find time to blog.  Yeah, I know.  I probably should make time.  And that is the challenge that I am putting on myself.  Productivity.  Where does my time go?  If track it, I watch it and I don’t lose any of it.  It’s like a game to me, albeit, an unsustainable game.  So, tracking my time doesn’t work for me.  It’s when I’m not looking that I lose time.  What?  It’s 4:30 already? 

About 2:30 in the afternoon, I just start wandering around the house.  I’m hungry.  I’m not.  Maybe some coffee.  Maybe a power nap that I enjoy so much.  Wait.  Don’t we need to do homework?  Hmm.  I’m hungry.  Wait.  What am I doing?

it’s very much a Dory kind of afternoon

I can organize stuff all. day. long.  One, because it’s fun for me.  And two, it’s tangible and visible.  My organization challenges come in the unseen.  The mysteries of TIME.  Ooooh.  By nature, I’m a late arriver, a slow waker, and a procrastinator — I’ll just put that in the later pile.  I need to learn skills of time management.  Like now.  Well, really I need to learn ME management, how I work within time.  What happens?  Especially in the afternoon, but I have these moments all day.

The days that I have more to do, I seem to do more.  Huh.

I’ve been reading a few books about building habits, routines, and general productivity.  Let the research begin!!  I plan to figure out where all my time is going.  But wherever it’s going, it’s going fast.