Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What Gives?

The plates are spinning fast right now. I’ve been trying to keep them all balanced on their spires, but it seems like every day a new one topples to the ground.

When I was in college, I worked 2 jobs and did an internship my last semester of school. I don’t know how I did this. Between homework and commuting and maintaining a social life, it’s a wonder I found any time to sleep. But somehow back then, I was able to manage it all with a degree of ease I seem to have lost with age.

Now there are too many little saucers that jump in and take precedence over the dinner plates. Like Facebook and fall TV premiers. Even with Tivo, I keep letting those damn shows eat up my time—and I let things like exercise fall to the floor. Last night, instead of working out, I watched The Biggest Loser…ah the irony.

Work has been crazy, and I think that might have some sort of strange psychological effect that makes me rebelliously lazy when I actually get home. I know I should be checking in with friends, working on writing projects, completing travel scrapbooks, sweating off my summer muffin top and reading the magazines and books that have taken over my nightstand—but it seems like by the time I eat dinner, chat with Mr. W, watch some TV and do the dishes it’s bedtime.

This is also why my blogging has been sporadic. Every night, I mean to lay down some words. And every night, I get distracted by other things. My To Do List keeps getting recycled from one week to the next with names of friends I need to contact, short stories that need to be finished and overdue chores. I can’t seem to find the time to finish those, or write blog posts, or watch the Netflix copy of Cabaret that’s been in my cabinet for a month.

I probably need to reprioritize. Focus on the big stuff instead of the little. It worries me that if I don’t do it now, I’ll be a wreck if I ever have to run a household full of other people someday.

How do you all do it?

11 comments:

Sizzle said...

How do I do it? I don't.

I'm in a similar boat. I feel like by the time I get home most nights I'm either up to my eyeballs in my second job (hello apartment managing) or getting home late from water aerobics. By the time I make food and read some blogs, I barely can read a book before bed. I maybe get an hour or so of tv in some nights.

It isn't just me then- as we get older it feels like there is less time?

Diz said...

UM YEAH....

Semicharmed (Brandi) said...

What Sizzle said.
I feel the same way actually as both of you and I actually struggle with it as I'm sure a lot of women do quite a lot.It's not easy finding a happy medium between work, having some sort of a love life, family life and social life. I've been told it's all about balance but really one of those things suffer. About watching The Biggest Loser instead of excersizing, well my dear I was watching The Biggest Loser while eating a ginormous bowl of chocolate peanut butter ice cream talk about pathetic. If only Jillian could see me now :)

justrun said...

Most days, I do not do it. I have many a plan and attempt to be organized and on top of it but if someone were to look a little deeper, they'd see the fire hazard that is my desk, the dirty that is my carpet, and the pile that is my clean laundry. And that's just the stuff I'm willing to admit.

brookem said...

ditto to you and to your commenters.
i don't always do it. some weeks are better than others. i appreciate them all the more when they do happen.
just try and take one thing at a time and go easy on yourself.

Rachel said...

try doing it with two kids and a husband....just you wait!

geekhiker said...

I don't do it. Heck, I don't even come close to doing it. Given the deficiency with multitasking I wrote about last month, I'm probably even further behind than you! :)

SoMi's Nilsa said...

But, what you are forgetting is YOU ARE DOING IT ALL. When life gets busy, we just have a way of prioritizing ... or re-prioritizing. You just sort of figure it out. The only difference is from here on out there will always be a list that needs to be prioritized ... you just can't get overwhelmed by it.

BTW, clearly life is getting in the way of my blogging if it takes me DAYS to read your post. Sigh.

Jane Moneypenny said...

I write a lot of lists, even with things I've already done, just so I can cross it off. I, too, wonder how I'll ever handle husband and kids, but I've learned a lot in the last year about just putting one foot in front of the other. And writing more lists.

R. Jacob said...

I just stopped by, thought the writing was good, put you on my list to follow.

Mermanda said...

I don't do it all. I feel just like you. No matter how quickly we start dinner when we get home from work at 5:30, it seems like we're not eating until 7, and then doing cleanup till 8. Take the dog out, plop on the couch and suddenly it's time for bed. Very frustrating. I feel your pain.