But, I was incredibly tired, and very overwhelmed. We had had a busy day the night before, and a late night as we worked on the house. Despite that work there was so much that needed to be done.
I knew I needed to go work on dishes.
I knew I needed to work on laundry.
I knew I needed sweep the floor.
I knew I needed put away the broth sitting on the counter, start on dinner, and bath the kids.
I sat there on the couch, between all the laundry that needed putting away, knowing I needed to get to work, but with no energy or clear direction where to start. But, I knew sitting there was not going to be helping matters.
I decided on my 15 minutes strategy. I would set the timer and focus on one area- the kitchen and see all that I could get done. I ignored everything else that needed my attention, set the timer, and got to work.
The broth got put away, many dishes got washed, the container of chicken bones my husband forgot to put away got thrown away. The kitchen floor got swept.
I decided on 15 minutes more and got nearly all the dishes washed. (All that are pictured, plus I had put some away)
At the end of that my blog buttons still needed to be fixed, laundry needed to be put away, the kids needed a bath, and Natalia had excitedly brought in the potty chair she had just pooped in (she can take off her diaper…) But, I had gotten the dishes mostly done, and life just felt better.Ideally I would never have gotten behind to start out with, but life happens. Setting the time for 15 minutes, and focusing on one area, is one of my favorite ways of realizing I CAN take care of at least some of the stuff that needs to get done.
Do you have an overwhelmed mommy strategy?