My to-do cup runneth over… – Linda Poitevin

My to-do cup runneth over…

Sometimes when I look at my ever-growing to-do list, I'm inclined to crawl under my desk, curl into the fetal position, and refuse to emerge. It seems that for every one thing I cross off, another five or six get added, which strikes me as being totally unfair. I mean, really, doesn't life ever slow down?

My massage therapist, who is also a life coach, recommends setting three daily priorities. Once those are completed, she says, the rest of the day belongs to you. I have yet to whittle the priorities down to fewer than six.

Part of the problem, I think, is a the whole motherhood issue. No sooner do I get my three priorities (or six … but who's counting?) straight when I suddenly find myself coping with others' priorities as well. For instance, I could honestly live off the contents of the kitchen for several more days … my children, not so much. Add grocery shopping to list. As I'm working from home, I could also live in my pajamas for several days … my office-bound husband, not so much. Add laundry. Now toss in a possible case of strep throat in a child. Add emergency run to naturopath at health food store. It's also my youngest's birthday this week, so moving to the top of the list are: bake and decorate birthday cake; take water sample from pool to be analyzed, buy chemicals, and complete pool-opening in time for party; ack!!! buy gift!!!; plan family dinner for day after party; confirm guests and buy more groceries … and so on.

And, lest I forget, I'm also supposed to be writing a book, pursuing freelance projects, building a marketing plan for my September release, searching for the front garden in amongst the weeds, making a token effort to maintain a vegetable garden, clearing out and organizing the garden shed and the garage, looking after a friend's house, and ….

Oh, to hell with it. Maybe if I take a pillow under the desk with me, I'll at least be comfortable there!

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Suzie Ivy - June 13, 2011 Reply

Could I please, please, join you under the desk? I thought when my children moved out, life would slow down. I was wrong. I’m writing a book as well, and everything seems to get in the way of writing time. I truly don’t know how you do it with children. Keep it up! Oh, and I’m also an avid gardener and love playing in the dirt. For me, it’s the best stress reliever of all. Love your humor!

    Linda - June 13, 2011 Reply

    Thanks, Suzy! I think the humor is the only thing that keeps me sane some days…*sigh*. As for kids, mine are mostly grown now, one out, two still at home. I think what shocks me at this stage is how much in-demand I’ve remained. Happy writing…and happy gardening! 🙂

Mike Mullin - June 13, 2011 Reply

Ack! I feel the same way. And I don’t have kids. I’m not sure how you cope, Linda!

    Linda - June 13, 2011 Reply

    One step at a time, Mike, one step at a time! 🙂

Mich - June 14, 2011 Reply

HOW big is your desk?! Mine has way too many dust kitties and puppies as well as generic dust – all of which I’m allergic to. Do you have room under yours for a little sister? I promise not to discourage you from coffee drinking… heck, I’ll even buy you a coffee every day!
Maybe my family will not be able to find me to ask “What is there to eat?”
Oh, the possibilities….

    Linda - June 14, 2011 Reply

    Well, I must admit I’d have to boot out Charlie first…he’s decided it’s his preferred place these days. But as long as I don’t have giant dog with me, you should fit just fine! 🙂

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