On President’s Day & Productivity

Happy President’s Day, the day dedicated to teacher inservices boosting mid-winter retail sales honoring the presidents who have helped shape our nation.

Husband is busy presenting at one of those teacher inservices today, so I’m home with the kids on another snowy morning. I have a love/hate relationship with days like these because I always need an extra day to get some projects done, but I usually plan to accomplish too much—and at the end of the day find myself in the fetal position wolfing down a bag of potato chips as I try not to freak out about the fact that I had started about a gazillion different things and finished none. I always overestimate how productive I will be and underestimate how long it will take me to accomplish things.  I’m not always what you’d call “logical” when it comes to my thinking. Wash, dry, and put away 35 loads of laundry in 6 hours? No problem! Completely reorganize, dust, vacuum and redecorate our entire second floor, including 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in one afternoon? Puh-leeze. I can do all that AND slap on a coat of paint before dark.

So understanding the way my brain works (or “doesn’t work,” as the case may be), I’m trying not to set myself up for disappointment today. But here’s what’s on my list:

  • Do about 7  loads of laundry
  • Help Boys #2 and #3 completely clean and reorganize their bedrooms
  • Clean and reorganize our bedroom
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Get in 3 hours of editing work
  • Pay bills
  • Clean and organize desk in office
  • Order birthday presents
  • Make some sort of decent dinner
  • Help Boy #2 write birthday thank-you notes
  • Work on my blog
  • Submit invoices for freelance jobs
  • Oh, and maybe even shower

And already it’s 9:00!

Maybe I’ll just scratch the entire list and go to a movie.

How will you spend President’s Day?

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