You know that work/family/self dance?
Yeah, that one, where you try and keep all the plates up in the air at the same time?
It's a bit of a btich, no?
I have promised myself that I will read more, that I will paint a canvas a day, that I will write/blog/reflect every day and that I will walk the dog in the mountains more often.
Pulling some of it off. Then comes that feeling that the plates are starting to get a little out of control, and some of them seem to be appearing out of thin air because you forgot they were there....you know those ones?
I find it easier in Canada. I am working very hard with very long hours on a single focussed work place. My childcare issues are usually straighforward, in that no one is doing projects that need supplies to be purchased (by me) and there are no birthdays etc. Personal life is somewhat paired down.
Here, not so much.
Chaos. I teach more than 10 different classes, each of which has their own needs, requirements, markings and updates to stay on top of. Two kids, each of with a never ending stream of odd requirements. Having to by electrical wire, teach division with decimals (which are commas here just to make it more confusing) confirm visits, print documents etc etc etc......then there is basketball, the architects, the house, the garden....Then there is the man, and his work schedule and now his running schedule too.....gads. My work in Canada and marking, booking tickets for trips and scheduling that - akin to a royal visit for all the different timetables involved.
The plates are coming at me like balls out of a hyperspeed batting cage machine.
I can manage that, IF I don't try and do any of those other things, like paint and write and read and go to the mountains.
Balance. Such a challenge.
I have worked with a daily agenda, which is fine up to a point, but if something doesn't get done in a day I have to rewrite it for a subsequent day. If I forget to do that, the chore disappears from the Universe until it bites me on the you know what.
I also have a calender hung in the kitchen where everyone can see it, but not too many people look and I am the only one who writes.
I also need to have a master list.....so that things do not disappear. It is so depressing when I see it all totted up together though....
Solutions? Techniques? Ideas?
That don't involved losing some of my own time?
Juggling in Spain.
1. Went into a meeting at work that I sooooo did. not. want. to. attend, and it was great. I sat to one side and whipped through a mass of work. Now, while I am still up to my nostrils in chaos, I am slightly more in control anyway.
2. Note to self. On a day when feeling overwhelmed and with too little time, possibly, just possibly, it is not a good day to tackle a portrait for the canvas a day. THAT didn't work out too well. The right eye? Just got too wet. Nothing I could do. Out Of Control. I may go back in tomorrow with some acrylics if I have a chance and try to rescue it. Or not.