Monday, February 15, 2010
My productivity took a vacation last week
Last week was one of those weeks where I had so much to do that I really didn't have time to stop and relax. So of course I spent most of the week wasting time. It didn't help that a huge snow storm hit midweek, transforming my biggest cleaning and planning day into a snow day Nothing says let's NOT get work done like 6 kids trapped inside your house. I'm all for teaching my kids responsibility and having them clean, but it isn't the most fun I can imagine and I couldn't quite bare to add it to my cleaning plan.
So instead of sharing my big cleaning day with my kids, I opted to spend the day making cinnamon rolls, vaguely threatening kids to be good while letting them rot their brains watching TV, finishing a book I was reading, and helping the kids make valentines. I finished editing the pictures I needed for valentines and sent them off to the one hour photo place, requesting my husband pick them up on the way home. Which he did, only to find out that they had closed due to the storm. I guess I am not the only work shirker on snow days.
The saddest part of the snow storm was that there didn't end up being enough snow to sled. Not that I would have gone, after all I can't waste time doing something fun. I was determined to waste time last week doing nothing at all. Or whatever thing popped into my head at the moment. Do the laundry for our trip the next week? Nah, lets make notebook covers to match the kids' pen rolls. Making designs in my daughter's hair is much more important than finishing the dishes. Who needs a clean house? I have lunches with friends to attend to.
Anyway, I finished maybe 25% of the things I needed to get done last week (and that is a generous estimate). We left on our trip with everything at home half done. I've learned that some weeks are just like that. Do you ever have weeks that necessitate lots of productivity, but end up with not a lot getting done? Or the wrong things getting done? Do you beat yourself up about it or have you realized it is just part of life? With the productivity required all the time in my life, I figure sometimes the planning/efficient/get to work part of me just needs a break. I know it will be back soon.