Every time I have a few days off in a row I think of all the things I’ll be able to get done. And even though I ought to know better from past experience, I always seem to be surprised when I might only accomplish perhaps a third of what I actually had in mind. Sometimes I add in some other things I hadn’t planned on so that might up my percentage of progress a few points, but mostly I am just left wondering where all the time went.
The main project for which I was hired has yet to really get going at work so I got off a couple hours early yesterday – which was fine by me because I had some errands I needed to run before the children came home. And once they did come home that pretty much put an end to any sort of time I might have had for personal projects. That’s okay though – I mean I still had all day today and the weekend and Monday, right?
Hmmm… my son was off of school today and when kids are home I still get things done, but not usually the kind of things I find fulfilling or fun. On the scale of household chores I like more and less, I like laundry more than other things but wouldn’t exactly say it is fulfilling. I had planned to have started on the wedding present quilt by now however I haven’t even selected the fabric yet.
Soccer season has started and tomorrow the children have three games so there goes the afternoon (at least they are all at home!) I might be able to squeak in some “me time” on Sunday but I also have to make some time to guide my daughter through a few lessons in her homeschooling in which she is slightly behind. It’s always something.
I was talking to a lady at work the other day who is preparing to retire. She was talking about the need to have other interests in your life than just working, and that though she knows people who fear retiring because they have so little in their lives outside of work, she is looking forward to it. I was nodding in agreement because I too have lots of things to occupy my time. I said it to her and need to keep reminding myself that there is always tomorrow for the things I don’t accomplish today. I can’t remember the last time I was bored outside of an airport.
And if tomorrow doesn’t come, then I don’t suppose I’ll be too worried about the things I didn’t get done!