Do you ever wake up feeling fresh and energized, ready to tackle your to-do list, but unfortunately, life happens and you just can’t get anything done?
Oh boy! Do I know that feeling!
Yesterday was definitely one of those days for me, and it was super frustrating. If you’re a mom or you work from home, I think you’ll be able to totally relate to this post.
Working From Home… With Kids. Enough Said.
Yep. I work from home (on this blog), and I have kids. Four of them to be exact, ranging from 8-years-old down to 2-years-old. I have a messy house that needs to be cleaned 20 times a day, and I homeschool my kids which can make me feel very pressured to ensure they actually turn out smart (of course I do have days when I feel that simply getting them to adulthood is good enough).
Seeing how I work from home, I usually plan my week ahead of time. That means that on Fridays, I take a little time to look over my business goals for the month and plan the coming week in a way that pushes me further toward those goals.
Yesterday, I woke up feeling ready to tackle the day. I had my cup of coffee and had my quiet time (where I read my Bible and journal a bit). Things got off to a good start as I easily completed the first thing in my planner. I paused for a break around 10 AM to have my breakfast (although it’s more like brunch at that time of the day). Then, things went south from there.
My next to-do was to get on top of some business tax info which is always stressful to me and makes me question what on earth made me want to have my own business. Because this area of business confuses me, I always call my accountant to ask for help, but she was busy which meant I had to wait for her to call me back. And that, my friends, meant that my to-do item couldn’t be completed because I was now on someone else’s timeline. Maybe it’s my type-A self that sometimes can’t deal with setbacks like this, but it was like I couldn’t get anything else done. I tried to move on to something else, but I couldn’t seem to make any headway.
And, to make the whole matter even more frustrating, the kids kept coming in every two seconds to ask me questions or to tattle on someone! Err!
I wish I could say that I were a good mom and didn’t let this get to me, but I can’t. Yes, I wish I were more relaxed and didn’t sweat the little stuff. Yes, I wish I always responded to my boys in a soft voice ALL the time. Yes, I wish that I were more in control of myself even when I can’t control the situation. (Does that even make sense?)
Getting Back On Track When I Can’t Get Anything Done
Okay, so after needing to lock myself in the bathroom for a second to take a breather, I decided that I needed to be that good mom I wanted to be so I grabbed my camera and headed outside to photograph some things that make me happy.
It was a beautiful winter day. The sun was shining, and it helped get my mind off things a bit. I took some deep breaths of clean fresh mountain air, soaked up a bit of winter sunshine, and took some photos of things around me such as the sun shining through the trees, a half-stacked pile of wood to keep us warm on cold days, and of course, my boys.
Watching them play and being carefree always helps put me back in the right perspective. They’re having a great time… enjoying life, and it makes me realize that even though I’m with them all day, most days, I don’t want them to remember me sitting in front of the computer, fussing at them when they interrupt me (even if it’s during “work hours”) or when I’m having one of those days where I can’t get anything done.
After my outdoor break, I headed back inside to make lunch. I ended up whipping up a pan of Saucy Mediterranian Frittata for lunch, and I even took photos so I could share the recipe with you tomorrow! I guess getting my mind off what had me stuck and focusing on something else for a while (even though my to-dos were not getting done) helped me to actually accomplish a few things I hadn’t planned for!
As always, thanks so much for letting me share my bad day with you. I know you most likely know what it’s like to juggle a lot and have days where you can’t get anything done. So many times, your comments help encourage me and make bad days much, much better. Thank you, friend!