Here is where I get real. I feel like I am drowning. Not just drowning but failing at everything I try. I know we all feel this way at times. Like you have so much you are trying to get done and only doing all of them halfway. Or if you try supper hard at one thing then all of the others start to fall apart. Why is it so hard to find balance in our lives?
My friends have told me that I am trying to do too much, but what do you stop doing completely in order to focus on something else? The kids, the house, the blog (which I am hoping to to make a successful stream of income), the husband, myself? What do I drop? Nothing, so I keep giving everything half of what it deserves and feeling like a failure at everything.
Wow, that sounds dramatic. Which I do have a flare for sometimes, but I felt so optimistic when 2018 started. New year, new me! This is they year I will get it all together. Blah, blah, blah. Then we hit January 2nd, then January 3rd and then I hit a wall. And look now it’s January 11th, and I am still banging my head against the same wall.
I love my family and my blog and my house and my friends, but I don’t feel like I am doing a great job maintaining any of them. Maybe it is motivation or anxiety or fear. Or maybe all three, but I need to figure out how to balance it all without dropping one of the invisible balls that I am juggling.
Organization is the key to balance! (or so I thought)
I love lists so of course I thought a detailed schedule using time blocking and a lovely list of “to dos”would solve my issues . But the “to do” list just keeps getting longer, and I can’t seem to get a hang of the time blocking. I see how it works in theory, but I am struggling to implement it into my life.
For those of who have never heard of time blocking. You take your day and look at all of the hours you are awake. And assign each minute to what you are supposed to be doing. So I tried using highlighters to block out the time I have to be out of the house for errands or appointments with yellow. You have to make sure to account for travel time too. Then you take the remaining time and assign each half hour or hour with a purpose. Like cleaning or working on the blog or watching tv or reading or exercising.
It is designed to help you stay on task better, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. What if I am writing a new blog post and it takes me longer than the allotted 1 hour. Do I keep going and cut into my cleaning hour? Or do I stop writing and move on to the next task?
I am not sure this method is the answer to bringing balance to my life but if it isn’t, then what is? I would love to hear from you, if you have a strategy on how to stay organized and on task. We all need a little help every once in awhile!