September sees the children go back to school after what has been such a lovely summer and for me, that normally means catching up on all that stuff that I’ve been putting off for the last couple of months. All of those niggly jobs that could wait for another day are now starting to annoy me and can be ignored no longer. September brings that feeling of wanting a clean slate but I can’t have that until I’ve tidied up the mess and chaos left behind by summer. But right now I just feel like I’m chasing my tail.
The children all went back to school last week and slipped straight back into their routines like they had never been away. Me? Not so much. I had forgotten what a killer the school run can be for starters. The relentlessness of getting everybody up and fed and ready and out of the house on time is just exhausting. I feel like I have done a full days work before we even get to the school gates. Being at home means in theory that I have all this time to get stuff done. But the reality is that I have so much stuff to do that I spend my days running around like a headless chicken never seeming to get anything done. Before I know it, it’s time to pick them up again and I still haven’t done the ironing.
I have to do lists for my to do lists. I want to have a proper catch up on blog stuff. Boring back of house stuff but actually not boring at all and I hate neglecting something that I love so much. I desperately need to find the time to write just for me too. As much as I love my blog, that is the writing I love the best. I am really excited to be starting an online Sketchbook Club course with the amazingly talented Jennie Maizels (more on that later) but to do that, I have to carve out proper time for myself to actually sit down and enjoy it. I haven’t even picked up a book since I finished my last one on holiday over a week ago. If you know me, you’ll know how bad things must be if I haven’t got time to read. And breathe.
I need to stop getting bogged down in the everyday stuff as it means I’m not really getting to do the stuff that I actually want to do. For example, I usually have a general routine of alternating between cleaning downstairs one day, upstairs the next and it sort of works if I stick to it and don’t get too distracted by other things along the way. And I think I have to be stricter with myself otherwise I do nothing but clean and tidy all day long. I live with five of the messiest people on earth, it’s a thankless task as it is. You can guarantee though that the one thing that you didn’t get around to doing is the one thing that will get noticed, not the million other of things that you have done. Why is that?
Right. Time to get back in the swing of things. Time to find my own routine again. I’m scrapping my old to do lists and starting all over. I need a list of big things and a list of small things and I need to prioritise my time better so that stuff actually gets ticked off. I might even start a new notebook in celebration. Well it is September! And I will carve out time for myself each day. I might even squeeze in time for an afternoon power nap. I had got really good at napping before we broke up for the summer, I am sure I can teach myself again…