I’m late; I’m late for a very important date!

OK, maybe not late but definitely behind!  I know FlyLady says “You’re never behind just jump in where you are”, but that’s not how I feel!  I feel like I’m always behind on everything!  I’m not really sure how to get caught up either.  There is always something to do, and I never feel like I get anything done really well.  I’m interrupted or distracted or there just isn’t enough time to get it all done.  FlyLady says you can do anything for 15 minutes.  Sure I can do something for 15 minutes but I can’t complete anything in 15 minutes.  So what is the answer to getting it done and caught up?

I’ve thought if I worked on one particular thing for 15 minutes every day for six days straight (taking Sunday off) that would give me an hour and a half on one project.  What could I accomplish in an hour and a half?  The problem I see is that I won’t be able to stop once the timer goes off.  And, in a house with small children won’t what I’m working on get un-done or messed with?  Probably so.  Another problem I have is there is so much to be done I don’t know where to start!  I get completely overwhelmed at the thought of trying to pick one place or one thing to start with.

Let’s say I decide to pick a room and work in there for 15 minutes a day.  What about pulling all the stuff out to clean with etc.?  I’m thinking it’s going to take me at least 15 minutes to round up what I need and then another 15 minutes to put it away when I’m done.  Then I’m going to have to start the whole process over again the next day until the room is finally complete.  It just seems easier to devote the time needed to that room from start to finish.  The question is where do I get enough uninterrupted time to do that?

I’m back to square one with being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start, or how to get caught up.  Still behind!  Mary Poppins  says “Well begun is half done.”  So how in the heck do I get to the well begun part?!  Of course if all I had to do is snap my fingers and everything would tidy up itself, well begun is half done would be easy!

The Director says “I just need to lower my standards.”  REALLY?!  If I lower my standards any more than I already have, we might have unexpected and unwanted house guests!  Then again in Enchanted Giselle sings a melodic haaa haha haaa out the window and all the rodents, birds and bugs swarm to her side to clean the messy house, while they all sing a Happy Working Song.  I wonder if I lower my standards and unwanted house guests show up, if they will help clean up and get organized around here or just add to the mess?!

So, again back to square one.  I had a friend tell me forget trying to get caught up until the kids are grown up.  There is just one problem with that solution, the way my kids are spread out, by the time The Little Man leaves home I’ll probably have grandchildren around.  And, I’ll still be behind!

The Director always said he wanted a bunch of kids so he would have slaves to help get everything done.  Clearly he had no idea that we would become their slaves.  I’m not complaining, I believe wholeheartedly in servitude.  I’m just tired of being behind!  I’m not of the attitude if you can’t beat em’, join em’ but maybe I could beat them at their own game somehow?  Maybe I can trick them into helping me get caught up or at least disappearing so that I can have uninterrupted time to get caught up.  Somehow, I think they’re too smart for that!  I guess like the White Rabbit for now I’m rushing and running always late or behind!  Only my theme song is This is the Stuff instead of I’m Late!

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