Friday, January 30, 2009

Excuse me, do you have the time?

There are so many things I want to do—even beyond the 101 things (or the 91) that I have on my list.

Lately I’ve been trying to work on my exercising and practicing and hand therapy. This isn’t going so well. Things keep interfering; I have a bad night’s sleep or get to bed really late, and so I wake up late and rush out the door. Or I have too much to do in the day. Like last week when I was putting in 12-hour days several days in a row.

All this and I’m supposed to be flossing my teeth every day, too.

And I’d sure like to 1) keep the kitchen cleaner, 2) make and adhere to menus for the week, 3) get back to some of my shoulder and knee therapy, 4) get back to drawing cartoons, 5) oh whatever…

I know people who actually get stuff done like this every single day. Why is it so hard for me?

I’m taking a good hard look at my daily activity, trying to see where everything fits in. One place I really fall down, besides getting up too late, is when I get home in the evening all tired out from my commute. I sit down at the computer with a glass of wine and putter around on Facebook, or I sit down with the ScottieDog and watch political shows on TV. Or both. I think it’s called vegging out. (Vedging out?)

Obviously I’m not going to reach my goal of daily discipline if I fold up every night when I get home. I’m hoping that if I do get my exercise in regularly (I was doing really well at this in December), I’ll feel lots better and have more energy and can use some of my evening time for projects.

Does anybody else have this problem? How do you plow through all the things people are supposed to do every single day? Like make up your bed?

At least I’ve been really good about getting my makeup on before I leave the house. (Goal 80)

This week I’m going for the discipline thing again: I’m going to get to bed early and get up with ScottieDog so I’ll have time to exercise AND practice—haven’t gotten to do both in the morning yet. Who has an extra two hours in the morning? Consider Obama. He gets up at the crank of dawn and goes to the gym and then does president stuff all day. But he doesn’t have to practice. I wonder how well he would do if he had to put in at least an hour of vocalizing to boot.

So we’ll see how this goes…


POD said...

Melissa, I served with Obama: I knew Obama; Obama was a friend of mine. Melissa, you're no Obama.

You have a life. I'd blame Scottiedog.

Melissa said...

POD, you make me laugh every time!

solarity said...

It all starts with getting up feeling rested. I wish I remembered what that feels like. I get so angry at people (mostly on productivity blogs these days, rather than in person) who sound as if all you have to do to get enough sleep is lie down and close your eyes.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Crabby McSlacker said...

If you find out the answer to this dilemma, please let me know!

I seem to get less done in the day than my CAT does! I don't know where the time goes.

MizFit said...

I floss.
thats it.
dont own a hair brush or make up and get veryvery little done during the day beyond smearing mac & cheese in my hair (or the toddler does it for me. either way).

I like us the way we are.

Sbanfnyc said...

I like you just being Melissa. I hope you know you never have to do anything for me. I mean I like the drawings and closets and all the bloging but it should all be for you and you alone.

I just support you. I'll bring you the coffee and the paper on a tray every morning and snuggle you.

I bet we have fun and if you get anything else done that's fine with me.

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Melissa said...

Awwww! ScottieDog is so great, isn't he? He means it too.

Melissa said...

And Miz, if you have a toddler you get all kinds credit for just surviving the day.

Emily said...

Well the best I can do is offer you some insight as to what my day looks like:
Wake up, get ready, grab something for lunch, commute 30 mins, work, commute 30 mins, exercise (most days between 20-40 minutes) (oh and don't forget the every important mental list of things you SHOULD be doing while you're exercisisng) start dinner, shower, laundry/clean/bills, etc while dinner cooks, eat, watch TV while finishing up chores (that could have been done instead of exercising...) and then bed. I go to bed fairly early because if I'm too tired to be doing anything then I feel useless and just go to bed.

So...anyone know where to get a cheap maid so I can do things like spend time with my husband? Or not feel guilty about working out?