Time on My Hands

Day 14/31

Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.

Jim Rohn

How many things do we put on our ‘to do” lists for the weekend? I know that mine is always too long and overly optimistic. I tend to leisurely do couple of things on Saturday, and then Sunday arrives. I start to panic, and things get kicked into high gear and what absolutely needs to get finished gets finished. Now all of a sudden I am faced with at least two weeks at home, and I am at a loss for where to begin.

I had a conversation with my daughter about this. She is a working mom with two kids, who like everyone else is trying to figure out how she and her husband will deal with working and the kids being home. These were her thoughts, “There’s a sense of seriousness and urgency overall, but now that I will be working form home, and we have tons of food, there is a lack of urgency to attend to the domestic stuff.” It’s strange.

Why is it that we often wish for things (more time at home) and when our wish comes true (albeit not for good reasons) we don’t know what to do with it, or we squander it?

Yesterday, I gave myself the day off. Today, I am tackling a few things around the house. Tomorrow, I will be making a schedule for myself as to how my days will be structured while we are not in school. I know that if I don’t, I will get sucked into every news conference or distraction that comes along.

I guess the saying is correct, “Be careful what you wish for. It could be a blessing or a curse.” It is all a matter of perspective.

11 thoughts on “Time on My Hands

  1. Rita,

    I think you may have been peering into my brain as you prepared this post! #smile I mean that to say I can relate in every way.

    A schedule is going to be imperative for me – because I will be home with my four boys, ages 3, 7, 12, and 14. They eat like small men! Three of them have birthdays in March and one in April – so this is already a hectic time for us; but, every break, I put THEM on a schedule because without one, I fear we might not be able to live together, lol!

    Thank you for this gentle, but thoughtful reminder that perspective and practicality must be among our top priorities. I couldn’t agree more. #verynicelydone!

    ~Carla Michelle

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  2. I do this every summer, too. I plan to get all my closets cleaned out and then when I have the time I tell myself that there is always tomorrow. Before I know it school is starting again and no closets are clean…there’s always next summer!

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  3. I am feeling for young families, trying to figure out what to do. You are wise to make a plan so that the news doesn’t consume you (my local station is saying “We are committed to sharing facts, not spreading fear,” but still … ). So true, about matters of perspective. These are strange times.

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  4. You are not alone. I do the same thing. Our district is not closing until Friday (I’m not sure why we are waiting until Friday, but I’m not sure about a lot of things these days). I am already a little anxious of the three weeks that we will have off. It’s good to know that someone feels the same way that I do. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I have three weeks off, and I know I will need to make lists or I will get nothing done. My biggest time sucker is my computer – need to decrease that social media time!

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  6. I love your idea of a schedule. I think I’m going to have to do the same. And then try really, really hard to actually stick to it. I don’t want to be a total lazy bum for three weeks! Good luck to you. 🙂

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  7. I just responded to another piece like this!! Many times I go easy on myself on the weekends as I need to rest(I have Lyme disease). My energy spent during the week. With the break, I want to be productive with all those little irky tasks I put off. I do think a schedule and a list of priorities is going to be necessary for be to be productive.

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