We’re halfway into January now and the goal to get outside every day has been a good one. We’ve had bizarro warm weather days, and (recently) lots of raining gloomy days. But no matter the weather, it has felt good to get outside every single time I’ve made the effort. (And some days it takes a lot of effort).
Yesterday was one of the drizzly days. I took the kids outside to find puddles. I mean- doesn’t that sound like a “good mom” thing to do? I’m pretty much killing it.
We found oil on pavement which looked like rainbows. We found moss on the side of a wall. We found a Christmas wreath and several Christmas trees, waiting for the city pickup. We found our neighbors, who joined us on our walk. We did not find any good puddles.
I have thought a lot about my goal for February. I’m leaning strongly toward a unitasking month. Do one thing at a time, and steer away from multitasking. Here’s what that means, using a few examples from yesterday and today:
- Driving means driving, and talking to whoever is in the car. Driving does not include phone calls or checking texts at a stoplight.
- Put all the dirty laundry in the washing machine and start it. Even if I hear the microwave signal, telling me the kids’ oatmeal is warmed up. Ignore the beep and finish loading the laundry.
- Cooking means cooking. Not pulling up a show on Hulu to half-watch while I cook. Just cooking. Maybe some music in the background.
- Leaving my laptop upstairs while my kids are awake, and keeping email/fb/blog time for when they are napping or having room time. Less “uh-huh” and “just a minute” and more, you know, actual engaging.
I feel frazzled lately. Like I have a lot to do but don’t know what those “to do” things are. So I catch myself shuffling things from room to room, starting little projects and then leaving them, and adding to that feeling of “I should be doing something right now, but I don’t know what it is”. Doing one thing at a time, to completion, feels necessary for my fragmented mind.
For example, I just hopped over to my email to respond to someone. In February that would not be allowed. Write the post until it’s finished, or finished enough to save a draft. Close it out, and then respond to the email.
I like this goal so much, I think I’ll start it before February rolls around.