Good morning and happy Saturday.
I had an exhausting week. It started out well, but several factors conspired to make things challenging:
1) The Time Change –> bedtime wasn’t as terrible of a struggle as I thought it might be, but I put the kids to bed later all week. After 8. Which meant the tiny slice of rest/relaxation time I counted on in the evenings mostly disappeared.
2) Josh had a really busy work week –> so, I was alone for bedtime 4/5 nights, and our nanny did the other one.
3) Work was really really busy for me too –> to the point where I never really got caught up, despite trying my absolute best to be efficient. This was really frustrating. I am starting to feel like the urgent is overtaking the important, day after day, and it is wearing on me.
Thankfully it is the weekend. I am determined not to spend it worried about the phone calls I still have to make or how hectic next week is going to be. I had an unpleasant hurried feeling all week — where I felt like I was always behind and therefore always rushing. I am a little bit at a loss as to how to make things better. I was listening to some podcast where the speaker was talking about operating from an abundance mindset rather than a scarcity one with respect to time. I definitely treat my time like it is scarce. Because it feels scarce. I would like to change this, but I am not sure how.
That said, perhaps a relatively calm weekend with a lot of family time (and some Josh time, and hopefully a bit of me time) will help.
Would love to know what you find. I struggle with rushing all the time and feeling like there’s not enough time. It takes a lot out of me. I suspect someone’s it also causes so much anxiety that the anxiety lowers my performance level. For sure it interferes with creative and effective problem shoving skills.
Oh man. I don’t think I am going to find any magic secret, but I do want to explore this territory some more. I agree there is a major undercurrent of anxiety that makes things unpleasant AND is not good for performance. Also great point that I think creativity is often the first thing to go . . .
I have been feeling the same way at work (I’m an internist). I don’t know if its the time of year or what – my electronic work is piling up, paperwork is accumulating rapidly, patients are coming late, I’m working through my lunch and doing e-work at night…and I’m still behind! Definitely hate that pervasive hurry/rush feeling and how it makes work and home so unpleasant. I try to use your mindfulness approach in times like these and tell myself that this too shall pass. Have a great weekend 🙂
I keep reading this advice but never find any really practical HOW. I know absolutely that acting/feeling like we have all the time in the world makes interactions with my kids SO SO much better. They do not react well to the rush rush rush that seems to be my default.
YES. 100% agree on the parenting realm. But so hard to really put into practice when it’s bedtime and I’m tired and have 50 things I need to do and the clock is ticking . . .