Friday, March 16, 2018

Know Your Strengths

Everyone has their strengths. And everyone has their...let's call them lesser strengths.

Lately, I feel like I am just full of lesser strengths. I'm in a slump. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's the time of year, but I'm just a tired mess. I'm behind on everything. My lists have lists. I have clutter everywhere. I'm just lazy and crabby.

I make great plans to get out of it, but then I don't follow through. I talk myself out of things. I'm super tired tonight, so I'll just get up early tomorrow and be ready to go after a good night's sleep. And then...can you figure out what happens?

I'm getting done what needs to be done. The girls have been ready for their dance competitions, and we're arriving, on time, neatly packed and ready to go. I might be behind on laundry, but (not counting the sock basket), that's getting finished too. Our house is untidy, but it's not in a state of disrepair.

I'm making myself feel a little bit better by employing the "just one thing" method. I am choosing one thing to tackle (theoretically, my plan was one "paper" thing and one "cleaning" thing, but I promised myself I'd be ok if I got one thing entirely). Instead of looking at my lists and panicking, I do one thing. I update the calendar. I clip the stack of coupons. I get the schoolwork piled up organized into weekly assignments.

It's helping. I am nowhere near caught up with everything, but I'm caught up with some things.

Still, even after the worst of my slump, I know my limits. Right now, in this mental state, I should not be making major decisions. That's one of my biggest reasons why I'm basically sending my father in law off with Adam to get the new car, when the time comes. I don't care about the details, they're better negotiators than I am, and it's a giant weight off my shoulders. Vin is really good at this stuff, and he likes doing it. I'm terrible at it and it's a stressful chore.

I'm sure as we crawl toward spring (and I mean weather, not calendar, since the weather is the one who isn't cooperating), I'll get more and more of my mojo back. And hopefully, my "one thing" strategy will leave me in decent shape.

But I'm still sending the boys to Subaru. Knowing my weakness? That's my strength.
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