Chasing time

I’m quickly learning one lesson.

Do what you can when you can.

If I have a moment to do the dishes, I better get on them or I won’t have another minute until the sink is overflowing.  If I have a second to clean the toilet, it’ll be the last second before it starts looking like a toilet from one of my guy friend’s college dorm rooms.  If I find a moment to read and comment on a blog, I need to type it off fast before all the goof comments are taken and I feel like a schmuck coming in two days late.  If I have a few minutes to blog, I better sit down and write because I won’t have another chance until the next day or worse the stupid laptop will have digested my post that I worked on so diligently the day before and was only going to touch up because I didn’t get the time to finish it.  Bitter much?  Hell yeah!

As a brilliant procrastinator, it rubs me all the wrong way.  I was the student who didn’t start a paper until midnight before the paper was due, but as I was brilliant, I always managed an A.  I could whirlwind a house in less than an hour to have it sparkling for company.  Did I mention I was brilliant?

But now I have two boys who are whirlwinds of destruction and a baby who is trying to wake up as I type this.  (Give Mommy five more minutes, Aid.  PLEASE!)  And if I want my house somewhat clean.  And if I want to comment something somewhat funny on my favorite blogs.  And if I want to write a somewhat decent post.  I need to work my free minutes to death, grab them with an iron grip here and there and smoosh them together to create a couple of free hours.

That or hire help.

That or trick The Husband in lending a hand.  Does anyone have some good tips on convincing teenage boys to go something they don’t want to do and not realizing they are manipulated in to doing it?


2 Responses to “Chasing time”

  1. letmestartbysaying Says:

    I don’t kid when I tell you: I use the kitchen timer Every Single Day about 100x a day. I don’t just feed the kids and get them to school in the morning. I set the timer to remind myself when I need to start telling them to put their shoes on (a 50% productive request on good days), because I am doing exactly what you said. If I finish my breakfast & brush my teeth before I bring the kids down to eat, then I do what I can, which may be laundry, dishes, clean kitchen counter, clean powder room, write thank-you note, mail a bill….who knows!
    I hope some day soon I can actually ease through my days getting stuff done, rather than have chores be a form of guerilla warfare.

  2. Fie Upon This Quiet Life Says:

    I know what you mean. Sometimes I want to sit and have a second cup of coffee, when what I really should be doing is getting a shower. On those days when the coffee wins over the shower, I often either don’t get a shower that day or it happens at about 5 p.m., when hubby gets home.

    As for tricking your husband into helping out with stuff…. I don’t know. I think guys are either helpers or not. I’m not sure there’s anything you can do to change a non-helpful partner. Unless you’re willing to give him an ultimatum. :-/ Maybe using some sort of reverse psychology would help in some small specific instances. But for long term? No idea how to help.

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