This crazy week has really brought me to a point of trying to find a means of tracking creativity and finding a way of putting it into words! This morning I finally found a few moments of time to write and and talk about how I have found time to do it ALL.
SPOILER ALERT: Are you ready for the secret ingredient to balancing it all and keeping your sanity? You don’t….you just don’t! I have learned the hard way over the past few years that I must pick and choose my battles. I have to decide what is more important and prioritize all of my responsibilities to decide what is urgent, most important, important, and not deadly if it doesn’t get accomplished this minute!
The hard part with prioritizing is that something is always getting put on the back burner. As a full time working mom, aspiring writer, and full time student attempting to complete my dissertation I truly feel pulled in a million directions on a daily basis. My house tidying is usually what falls on the back burner…the same things get done each week like laundry, dishes, bathrooms, and mopping the floor. I think of these things as essential to the health of my family BUT…tidying and organizing seems to get skipped each and every day until my counters have no more room for clutter! Who invented clutter anyway…I can’t stand it!
Many will express that they “can’t stand clutter” and they “can’t go to bed with a messy room or kitchen”….but in all honesty? If I kept everything in my house perfect I would either not take care of myself by never getting sleep or I would not be spending any time with my kids! There are only 24 hours in a day and each of us has the right to fill those hours how we please. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I wanted a perfect office workspace, organized clean kitchen, spotless sparkling bathroom, and a clean living room that doesn’t have toys all across the floor; however, I wouldn’t trade the 3 hours I spent in the evenings this week snuggling my babies while we watched a movie! Life is short and I want to build memories of fun, giggles, smiles, hugs, and love….not tidying, cleaning, and washing.
So that brings me back to the original question…how to find time to do it all? While I wouldn’t change my decisions I have made in the past with what takes priority, I do feel that I could do a little better in alternating the decisions to address everything at one point or another. So starting today, I will fill out a 24 hour time tracker for a minimum of one week. My goal is to identify where I spend my time. Sometimes 24 hours seems like such a short time, but those 1440 minutes each day can provide a lot of opportunity for missed time! I do not want to live my life by a strict schedule with every minute planned; however, I want to make sure the minutes that are planned are planned well enough for me to get my bang for my buck! So excited to see where I can create more time for accomplishing my home, work, and school responsibilities so that I can find continue to enjoy my time writing and playing with my children without feeling the pull of guilt for allowing other parts of my life to fall apart!
This is my work space this morning…no seriously! It is! I have learned to take my time to write as a blessing and embrace it no matter where I am and what it looks like! Looking forward to finding some more time in my day to get this mess under control…but for today I will embrace it and be grateful for my time this morning to write!