Archive for May, 2012

Image from: The Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough

I was trying to decide this morning why I feel like I’m not getting anything done. I’ve been feeling a little lethargic this week. I’m feeling a little off. I kind of don’t want to do anything. I kind of don’t want to go anywhere. I don’t really want to go grocery shopping, or cook, or eat.

I’m not depressed. I’m sleeping well. I’m actually getting things done.

This last week I’ve:

  • hosted a Glittersweet party at my house last Sunday and had a wonderful time
  • attended my voice lesson and dress rehearsal and regularly practiced for my recital this coming weekend. I’ve been practicing so much that even Ethan knows the word to my song 🙂
  • done limited grocery shopping as I want to eat down some of our freezer and pantry foods. So I’ve been strategically cooking and feeding our clan
  • gotten the laundry done this week
  • completed step 1 in the Clear Out the Girls’ Bedroom Project
  • carried out another sweep through the garage in my purge/organize mode and the garage is very much in hand now
  • cleared out all unread email, archived email and moved my Inbox from storing close to 6,000 unread mail to 0 emails
  • enjoyed time with my children, my husband, my mother-in-law and some friends from our school community

So why do I still feel like I haven’t gotten anything done? And why don’t I feel like doing anything (until I actually do it and then I enjoy it)?

I was reading The Duck in the Truck to the boys at nap time earlier and shortly after putting them to bed I realized that I simply feel stuck.

If I were one of my clients I’d assign the task of writing a list of all the things that are undone right now. It would be a list of all the projects or tasks, large and small that have not yet been dealt with and are just hanging around in the back of my mind sucking away at my energy because they are not being addressed.

I know there are many:

  • craft projects and scrapbooking pages I would love to complete
  • walks to take and yoga classes that I want to attend
  • weight to lose and clothes to buy
  • friends and almost-friends I would love to see more often
  • buttons, clothes, and much loved toys to sew
  • children’s treasures to glue and fish tanks to clean
  • photos to print and photos to frame
  • floors to wash and windows to clean
  • blinds and screens to dust and filters to change
  • And so much more…

And I have great big piles of paper and boxes of paper and loose paper and paper to be shredded or recycled sitting in my craft room. My project paperless has been successfully moving along. Some of that paper has moved right along to my craft room to be dealt with at some undefined time.

This happened to me a couple of years ago, only time it was the garage. It felt like a black hole in the house sucking away at my motivation to do anything else. I got through it. I donated, gave away, recycled, dumped and organized until we had (and still have) a very functional garage for our family.

So if I were my client, I would suggest sitting in the room alone (after I have cleared enough space on the sofa to take a seat!) and sit with the piles for a while and ask myself why I haven’t dealt with this final stage of my Project Paperless?

But first I will go have a cup of tea while the boys are still napping. As an Irish Life Coach a cup of tea is a must in my toolkit before tackling anything in Life. I’m off to put on the kettle, but I’ll be back…

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