Sunday, January 21, 2018

Getting nothing done





PHOTO: @barbro.i.gson



Color play with #yearofcolor @emilyquinton


I find myself running around, jumping from one chore to another, being super busy but getting nothing done. Although that is not true. I do get things done, it is just that I don't get THE THINGS that NEEDS TO GET DONE, done... Instead I do a bit of chores, cooking and tidying, taxi service here and taxi service there... I pat a cat. Feed her. Let him out. Let her in. Check on the kids. Flick through my agenda, making a list of To-Do's. Check my Dream List and start a new list. End up doing some Pinterest pinning, dreaming away on kitchen make over projects and an everlasting flood of inspiration taking shape in delicious photography of all sorts is flowing over me. Making me feel like a hungry wolf in desperate need to change everything I own, have or make... the boost of excitement quickly makes me feel deflated... not good enough. How on earth will I have the time, money and energy to change my everything??? Why on earth do I want to do that??? So I turn it all off. I've learned to do that. Well done me :). Balance... it is all about balance these days.

I sit down for a tea and a bit of crochet, need to check something on the phone and end up Instagram scrolling, getting inspired (again :o !!!) to make some white Maybelle flowers like @barbro.i.gson has done. I'm very much into white right now; snowy white, crochet white, flower white, clean and crisp white... Maybe it is the need to neutralize my surroundings post Christmas... You get it... I also try a color play app found in the feed of @emilyquinton: Year Of Colors based on my Instagram 2017. Love it! That polka dot illustration really show my true color love of blue, pink, red, rustic wood and neutrals... Spot on!!!

Well, what I really should do is tune up my CV, contact recruiters and apply for jobs, sort an overfull basket of "junk" and scrub all corners of my house... And then I should finish the Olivia Shawl pattern, answer emails, call friends and family and maybe also look over the bills. But again, I find myself on the computer. Writing this blog post and here we go again... I'm getting nothing done. Well, at least it feels that way. But between you and me - I get lots done between the lines. ;)


Kärlek
Annette


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9 comments :

  1. Oooh i hear and feel you, somedays I think men the expectations we put on ourselves...why cant we just be....Im exactly right in the middle of what your describing. Right now its 11 im drinking coffee my kids are still in pjs, I think I started unloading the dishwasher before I got distracted by coffee, I cannot put my laundry away cause well my 2 laundry baskets are still full waiting for me upstairs...so i drink coffee my phone lights up and tells me you blogged... I may have made another Latte, closed the dishwasher for later and sat down to read and feel much better knowing im not the only one..so big thank you from me too you!xx --off to unload the dishwasher with fresh energy now ;)

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    1. Oh dear oh dear. How nice to know many of us are in the same boat. No pressure. It is not only me who just before noon gets struck by guilt of still sipping that morning tea and neglecting the dishwasher, still having kids in PJ’s and thinking “we should really DO something out of this day…” And why “should we do something” out of this day. This day will pass with or without engagement. And like the kids’ most often say: “Mama, I’ve been at school every day this week. I just want to chill… I don’t want to do anything…” So sip that coffee of yours, read your blogs and if your last day would be tomorrow - no one will blame you for NOT emptying the dishwasher. Hugs!
      Xx
      Annette

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  2. I'm reading Eat That Frog at the moment, about productivity. We need to eat the frog first before anything else apparently. I'm working up to it... CJ xx

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  3. Your typical day resembles mine lol! Especially the taxi driver part!
    ~Dana

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  4. I can so relate, between instagram, pinterest and the blogs I follow, I too feel that I never do anything! Even though I know that's not true. Thing is, there are so many projects I want to do that I burn out before I've begun. Did the wheel of color, what fun

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  5. I love your blog, your photos, your crocheting, your projects. Like you, I feel like I’m getting nothing done. I’m working on a quilt to surprise my hubby for our 40th wedding anniversary and I need to have the top done in the next few weeks so I can take it to my longarmer. But I too get caught up on Facebook, Pinterest, and blogs tantalizing me with new projects to start. But you know what? We’ll get done what needs to be done, and the rest will wait. Enjoy your children!

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  6. Sometimes it is difficult to get focused on the things you must do. Lest important things are taking so much of your attention that it feels like doing everything a little bit. Maybe it can help you to give yourself one important goal. Give it all the focus it needs and go for it. This will give you a good feeling and helps you to get a good flow.

    Have a good day, Margaret

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  7. Good post and really speaks to me. I have for years felt that I don't get anything done. But I try to give myself grace, because I have a large family and a large home to take care of. It is overwhelming at times. I try not to put too much pressure on myself, but I have a perfectionist nature, so I am constantly fighting with that. :-) As I get older, I try to "stop and smell the roses" a bit more!

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  8. I know that idea of burning out before I've even done anything and feeling completely overwhelmed by everything. On the other hand I only started to re-engage with creative crafts once I had the internet. Earlier in the week I had to put it all away as I felt as you describe, overwhelmed by possibilities and feelings of inadequacy. The last couple of days though I've been drawing away like mad and having colourful fun due to all the great inspiration I've seen out there. So the internet has its good side too.

    We might replace the word should with could some of the time. I should/could have stopped drawing to make dinner. I didn't stop and ate a sandwich.

    I think for busy families like yours, life must be really full on; so yes please do be gentle and give yourself a deserved break. No matter how fast you go and whatever you do, there will always be something to fill up the 'to do' gap you just made. So do what is reasonable, then call it a day until tomorrow. The same for everyday and we might remember playtime/you time is important.

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Kärlek
Annette

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