Plans. I always have great plans. But are they truly great if I overplan and, by so doing, set myself up not to achieve what I had planned?
Hence the next lesson from a newborn – realistic, satisfying plans.
Jack forces me to look at my day as chunks of time – every 2-3 hours it’s D.E.A.N –> Drop Everything and Nurse. And somewhere within the non-nursing time I need to make sure that I have food (not chips and cookies but good protein and carbs) and water at the ready for when it is time to feed.
I want to do so much – vacuum (believe it or not), clean out that spare room which is getting overrun as the dumping ground, decorate his room, tidy, dust, laundry, get a haircut, play with the dogs, write, take a shower, paint, make those cute baby shoes I saw on prudentbaby,com … you get the picture.
All of those things (and more) are in the back of my head all the time as priorities and I generally get very little done because I am just so overwhelmed by everything I want to get done.
I need to admit that this often happens in the classroom as well. I have so many great plans that don’t come to fruition because I plan to do too much at once. So instead of doing one thing great we do many things ok. Yuck. Or I beat myself up because I’m not achieving what I have planned.
It’s time to practice realistic planning aka planning with a purpose.
Purpose: I need to do something creative, with my hands.
Task: Open new bank account (easy, I have an appointment at 12)
Purpose: Need a bank account for Jack
Task: Finish putting together crib (easy, Keith is coming over to help after the bank appointment)
Purpose: To organize Jack’s room, to create less clutter in one space.
So that’s it. I plan to achieve 3 things today. The balance of the noise in my head can keep calm and carry on waiting for another day.