I brought Target gift cards (and thank you notes!) around to the teachers yesterday morning. There was nothing Pinterest-y about it, but if I were a teacher I would prefer a pile of versatile gift cards to really anything else, so that was what we went with. We did also get one of A’s favorite teachers a pack of Mildliners because she is into planners and it just felt right.
ONE MORE DAY. I know they are excited. Even though I’m on call, this week feels a bit special and I want it to feel that way! We will probably go out for celebratory ice cream tonight. C has basketball at 7 pm but . . . I guess it’s not a school night.
My knee didn’t hurt on Monday’s run! Whew. I’m still replacing my ASICS. And getting rid of the Hokas. And going to PT. Hopefully not too many times (because $$$) but when I think about the value I place on being able to run . . . well, it’s high.
Feeling Behind . . .
I feel behind lately. It almost feels embarrassing to admit because my ‘brand’ is . . . ninja-level planning. So everything should be doable, right?
My techniques still DO help — I think I would be even more overwhelmed without my planning routines. But at the same time, I have this antsy feeling because I know there are loose ends lurking in my inboxes (email, especially) and a few in my head. Summer travel is amazing but means I need to actually get ahead on things like podcast recordings. I scheduled Mommy Days for 3 consecutive Thursdays in late June + July, but that means I’ll only have Tuesday to do my other work. I can definitely do some work on weekends but quite frankly I DON’T REALLY WANT TO. My weekdays are hectic; they are long and packed. I want my weekends to feel more relaxed and family-focused, with some of Sunday devoted to home-related prep stuff, but not higher level writing / creating or even admin.
Maybe I need a 186 hour week. JK. Literally not possible, so I probably have to pick and choose what I am focusing on. Right now, in my blog/pod job I have:
- theshubox (ie, what you’re reading right now)
- Best Laid Plans – prepping the content, the show notes, the recording, the ads
- BOBW – same
- managing emails / messages related to all the above
- figuring out ways to grow by appearing on other podcasts
- BOBW Patreon
- courses (DD, BLPA, BLP Live)
- book proposal (is it any wonder, with the above list, why I haven’t moved forward with this?)
Seeing it laid out like that — well, THAT IS A LOT even if I worked 5 days/week. I need to admit that to myself. I do not want to do any less clinical (and honestly this does not make financial sense). So, I need to reflect on where it makes sense to focus and how I will allocate my time in the coming months.
Thoughts and ideas welcome.