It isn't that there is anything surprising on the calendar. I knew all these things were coming, but somehow seeing them on paper, all in a short block, of time induced panic. Starting tomorrow we have to go somewhere or someone is coming here everyday until Wednesday the 19th!
There is a lot that I need to get ready for these events, and a pressing list of chores here that need done. Oh and I am working 25 hours too, and there is that little issue of finishing up homeschool for the year. Quite honestly, it is a little overwhelming.
I like to be busy. I used to say I'd rather be busy than be bored, but really I'm not sure the last time I was bored. So, can I honestly say that anymore? But busy is good, and there are ways I can cope with it without getting overwhelmed.
First, I have to stop. Yes, perhaps that is counter intuitive, but the best way for me to deal with feeling overwhelmed is to halt activity, even if it is only for a couple minutes. I need to stop doing long enough that I can start thinking. Actually, that is exactly why I am writing this post.
For the moment, I am ignoring the fact that dinner is not started, the clothes line is completely full of dry clothes, and that I really need to go get groceries. Although, it may be true that all those things need done, what I need the most right now is a little quiet and a plan.
Now, that I've said a quick prayer, taken a few deep breaths, and used writing as a tool to keep my focus, it is time to make a plan. Yes, there is a lot to do, but it is not more than I can get done. I just need a good plan of attack.
Even though all the events are on the calendar, I start with a fresh piece of notebook paper. It gives me more room to write and brainstorm than the calendar I use. On one side I list the days with the events for the week. On the other side I make a brainstorming list of the things that come to mind as I write the events. For example Tuesday we have a group picnic to go to. I am helping to organize it. On my brainstorming list I wrote that I need to order the chicken, check the paper supplies, and bring the bike that a friend left here and I keep forgetting to bring to her.
The brainstorm list keeps growing as I write and think. Then when it is all on paper I try to plug the "to dos" into the days to make sure everything gets done in a timely manner. The final step is to hang the piece of paper on the refrigerator. It is a needed visual reminder to myself to stay on task. It also is a reminder to the family that this week is busy, here is the plan.
Aaaahh I feel better all ready. The next few weeks are looking a little full, but it is ok. I will stop. I will make a plan. It will get done, and we will enjoy the blessings of family, friends, and farm in these next few busy weeks. Now, I better go cook dinner.