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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6 thoughts on “On President’s Day & Productivity”

  1. My, that is a big list! I’m going to do one load of laundry, take the girls to gymnastics, contact my I_Blog planning partners, work on a post for Family Rambling, contact the Opryland about our stay in November and schedule a meeting to work on Moms Nite Out. I will, of course, feed my family and attend Lighthouse (small group for church) tonight.
    .-= Jody´s last blog ..Win a Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2 =-.

  2. Let’s see… I have to work all day, and will get home around 4. Gymnastics from 5:30-7:00, and pitching lessons from 7:30-8:30. In those rare instances of down time tonight, I have about 6 loads of laundry to get done, and a house to pick up. I’m hoping my kids do some of the laundry since they have yet another snow day today.
    .-= Jenni´s last blog ..Why is MOM the bad guy? =-.

  3. Just remember to focus on your DONE list and not your TO DO list. Some of those things can/will be accomplished today, and some can be done in the next few days. Actually, that is a great “to do” list that would look like a very satifying/rewarding “done” list by Friday. Are you up for the challenge?

  4. Yeah, it’s not all getting done today. Friday is probably much more realistic. Here’s my DONE list so far: 3 loads of laundry, cleaned and organized 2 boys’ rooms (and you know how bad they were), paid a bill, and finally showered at 3:00! Not too shabby considering it’s ME we’re talking about! 🙂

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