One of my main problems is that I’m very easily taken off course. For instance, if a normal person has a sick kid, they rearrange their lives accordingly and just move along.
At least that’s what I assume. I figure that most women don’t just wander around the house while the voice in their head screams “SICK KID! SICK KID! WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? WHAT DO I DO?” You know, there’s a certain amount of that that’s to be expected, but I can do that for days on end. We’ve been stuck in this house for the past five days, thanks to a lovely stomach bug, and you wouldn’t believe what I didn’t manage to accomplish during that time. And I’m not talking about the actively-taking-care-of-the-infirm time.
Did I complete my bible study homework? No.
Plan meals for this week? Come on.
Wander around aimlessly? For hours on end.
It’s way too common of a theme. The real problem I have is that I don’t particularly think well on my feet; I’m a slow processor. When my routine is upset, it’s hard to regroup. So how to combat this tendency?
One of the first things I’m going to tackle is making a list — always start with a list! — of tasks that take 15 minutes or less. That way, when I go into zombie mode, I can refer to the list of all the possible things I could be accomplishing. Then, maybe even tackle one or two. The thing is, once it’s on the list, I’ll know that there’s no way to fall back on the classic “I didn’t have the time!” excuse, because odds are that I totally did have 15 minutes.
Part two is the actual completing of the task at hand, which is a topic for another day.
OK — I’m off to make my list. My original goal was to make said list last week, but I couldn’t find my notebook, and didn’t have a specific time set aside for list-making, and — you’re beginning to see the problem, right?