Structure is not my strong suit. Since I was a kid, I’ve kind of run around like a chicken with her head cut off, flitting from one project to the next, getting easily overwhelmed, filled with frantic energy, rarely finishing what I start. I learned after I became an adult that there is a word for that frantic energy – anxiety. Getting diagnosed and learning through therapy how to live with anxiety has been invaluable.
We’re always taught to finish what we start – your room isn’t really clean until your closets are organized and every speck of dirt has been wiped away, do all of your homework, even if you’re up until the wee hours of the morning. I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with any of those things, it’s just that my brain doesn’t work this way. I only know two speeds – 0 or 100. I look at a sink full of dirty dishes and think screw it, I’ll wash them tomorrow, or I get frantic and scrub all the dishes, clean out the cabinets, mop all the floors, clean all the bathrooms, do 10 loads of laundry, vacuum…well you get the picture…then I’m exhausted and do nothing for the next two weeks.
Now, I give myself a set amount of time to clean, or tackle any other project I don’t particularly enjoy. If the project isn’t done by the time the allotted time is over, it will be there tomorrow. Before diving into housework, I give myself time to transition from work mode to wife mode. Me time. It’s what keeps me sane. I take the dog for a long walk, or write. Sometimes I read or wander around Target, or just do some deep breathing. I allot time to be social, so I can make sure to maintain the friendships I value so much, and of course couple time for me and the hubby. I’m much happier and much more at peace, knowing that somehow I’m learning to manage my life. I can do it all, I just can’t do it all at once.
On another note, I hope to follow this same philosophy when I tackle NaNoWriMo next month. The regularity of my blogging with slow down, but I’ll still be here, hopefully updating you on my progress. I’d love to hear about your experiences if you’re participating as well.