You may (or may not) have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here lately. Well, I’ve been a little busy.
Not quite that busy.
All joking aside, I’ve been doing quite a bit of adjusting over the past few months. New husband, new job, new apartment. Figuring out how to balance everything and still get a semi decent amount of sleep is no small task.
In college, I could get away with sneaking in a nap in the afternoon, occasionally dozing off in class, or even skipping a class or two if I really needed to recharge. Real life doesn’t work that way. Oh how I failed to appreciate the gift that was naps.
I still love naptime, except now it’s naptime for the babies I watch, not me. Sad day.
Spending almost half of my day at work isn’t very conducive to any sort of blogging. By the time I come home, I want to spend a good hour doing nothing (productive, right?) before I attempt any sort of activity requiring energy.
In college, I would procrastinate on projects or assignments until I had a large enough amount of time to get into the groove and finish it completely. I hated stopping in the middle of something and having to come back later to finish.
In this new life, this new arrangement, I no longer have the luxury of waiting. My evenings are a grand total of four hours between when I get home to when I should be going to bed. I’ve had to train myself to tackle tasks bit by bit.
Setting smaller goals and trying to accomplish less at once has made me more productive. Instead of including going through emails, writing a blog post and uploading photos as the giant ‘computer tasks’ portion of my to-do list, I break them down into separate things that I can check off my list, which interestingly gives me enough of a mental boost to continue with the next thing on the list.
Funny how often we learn lessons and things that we can see played out in other people’s lives, yet forget to apply the same concepts to ourselves. I know that the babies I’m watching will continually be going through transitions in their schedules as they grow and change, so I make sure to be prepared to change my approach. What works for naptime today might not work tomorrow or next week, so I’m ready to try a new approach until I find what works.
I may be a little bit older than 7 months, but I still change and what works for me today probably won’t work next year or five years from now. When that happens, I just need to remember to keep trying new things until I find what works.