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Shackled with Busy-Ness

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I was at a parent's meeting at school this week. Like every other parent there, I am busy. Actually, I am busy beyond my own comprehension. Then a statement was made that I am already finding out for myself - this is as slow as this school year will ever get. Based on what several mom's had told me last year, senior year was to be the taper year since the heavy lifting had already been done. Not hardly. And certainly NOT for a student with top class ranking. Since these are the kids in our circle, all mom's feel as I do - OVERWHELMED.

Instead of reciting my excessively long to-do list, and feeling the hopelessness that is associated with it, I need a different approach. I feel frustrated because I am not producing much in the way of results. I feel ineffective. Everything on my list is important - that is how it made the list in the first place. Prioritizing is one of my problems.

I hope this is the first of several blogs as I talk myself through this issue. Less talk of how busy I am and more talk of how productive I am. Emphasis on how focused I am while developing positive habits to avoid the distraction trap.

One of my prime reasons to grab my life with both hands is to get off the slippery slope that I invariably gravitate to. Sheila told me " as for your 10 pounds, you know where you are headed". Yet I continue to grab the wrong things simply because, "I'm too busy to stop and eat." It could not have been a lifestyle change because here I am again.

I have to stop it here and now. I know how easily those pounds can all return and bring friends. Venting about my lack of doing it is only a distraction from actually doing it. It takes work, effort, and planning - just like everything else on my list.

One of my most favorite things to do it quilt. I have been stressing out over a quilt that is to be a Christmas gift. Today, it is finally ready to be quilted. I will plan it out in manageable pieces so that I can continue to enjoy the process. Yes Sheila, it is a bargello, "Cosmic Twist" from the book Twist & Turn Bargello by Eileen Wright. It is my first bargello, but not my last.

Thank you for reading. Until next time. . .
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    Great blog! You seem to have your thoughts well organzied, so tackling that list of things to do may come easier for you. Your quilt is spectacular! I envy the person who is getting that for Christmas! Keep up the good work.
    2367 days ago
    I'm working ass backwards. Just read your newer blog, and had to follow up with its predecessor.

    Ain't our Sheila the bomb? Sometimes all it takes is one person to write or say something a certain way that peaks our attention? I love that woman!

    I'm not a quilter, but from what I can see of your gorgeous creation is that took a heck of a lot of planning and steps to make it... So, dear Lynne, think of your life as a quilt. It will help you prioritize how and what needs to be done when to get the *important* stuff done on time. Problem is, we have so much going on in our lives that just figuring out what's important is so overwhelming, that we get caught up, we don't know what direction to go in first! From everything I've read, you really are on to planning your attack so that you get your priorities taken care of.

    Which is why I spend a lot of time living my life ass backwards. Every morning I ask myself: Self, if this was your last day on this earth, what are the most important tasks you need to accomplish today? It's funny how all the insignificant things that would normally show up on my priority list fall off.

    I think I was a breech baby. hehehe...

    Plan and conquer! You're on your way!!!
    2380 days ago
    Hey! You found time to blog about being busy and your upcoming time management trials! You always find time for the things that count! You can and will pull it off with success. I have faith in you....especially looking at your quilt! It's a beauty! I made a small wall sized bargello quite some time ago. It is a process for sure! Best of luck to you!...Jane emoticon
    2382 days ago
    You do not just have your hands full, your brain is in overload too! i am the queen of brain overload, so back off!! thats my territory you are treading on!!

    Your son is so blessed to have a Mom as wonderful as you. i am sure your hubby is wonderful too, but since i dont know him...

    i sure didnt mean it that way when i said "as for your 10 pounds, you know where you are headed". i meant that you knew what got you there and how to undo it. sorry!

    I might just have to try making a Bargello. if i ever get my sewing room put back together! Your quilt is beautiful! are you going to hand quilt it?

    btw, I LOVE your new profile picture. every time i see it i think about Bob Barker. can't think of the name of the show, but he had the 3 beautiful ladies and 3 doors to choose from.
    2382 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/10/2011 9:13:56 PM
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