March 30, 2008

Advice from a 5 year old

A few days ago, I found myself trying to encourage my daughter to complete an "art project". But then I thought...maybe I don't have much room to talk! I look around at the many projects that need my attention and I am overwhelmed with the feeling of futility. Guatadopt projects have suffered as well ( have the perfect site with EVERYTHING and EVERYTHING working). There simply is not enough time to work, followup on DLo's homework, housework, family time and certainly not enough time for all the Guatadopt and Do Good projects. So TSK! TSK!, I thought this is a lifelong project....time management.

It wasn't always this bad....I remember a time when re-decorating a room for my daughter's homecoming was simply a matter of "next weekend". Now, projects are a "do it fast....or forget it!" That certainly has been the case for writing too. I don't seem to find time to sit and just write. If I can't get it done in less than 5 minutes....well, there is probably something more pressing to claim my time.

So, it was with a bit of amusement that when I made a comment about a project I needed to work on this weekend, she looked at me quite seriously and said "Why? Do you have to finish it right now?" OK, fair question. Well, there are some projects that you just have to get done quickly. Then there are projects that are MASSIVE, but you can spend just a few minutes to get a little done. Then there are projects that make you feel that you have accomplished a lot or those which make you feel better about everything else. Then there are projects that take priority over others....or wait! Do they? Hmmm....well, thats the problem: Prioritization.

Two times this week, I had first time parents talk about finishing project A or B AFTER their darlings arrive. Oh my! Well, children always seem to become the priority project so forget thinking that you will finish those fun little projects after they get home! Children bring new meaning to "time management". Besides making sure your children are loved, nurtured and kept safe....there is that ongoing battle to give yourself time to take care of yourself. Somewhere, this was lost to "higher" priorities! I'm not a "high maintenance" person...but I do find myself hiding my nails until I can trim them down to nothing (avoid polish because it chips and looks worse!). Hair cuts are few and far between (avoid those cuts that have to be trimmed too 3 times a year). Massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and long "Me" baths.....yeah, right! (well, we did manage a few manicures and pedicures for the "girl's day out").

I finally got around to getting my hair cut (I decided I would make it a goal to do that more than once a year:-) So, with 5+ inches cropped off my mop....I had a revelation....short hair can save me some time! I also learned that little girls who want to grow their hair long (and stringy) sometimes get excited about shorter haircuts when they see their mom sporting one :-) My daughter also had to give me a little advice which I thought was appropriate:

"Mom, I think you need to get your hair cut more often. You look sparkley" Ah ha! Thats it. There are some projects that take priority for the very sake that they renew your spirits and make you feel "sparkley".

Sparkley is good!

Posted by Kelly at March 30, 2008 09:25 PM

How on earth did I miss this cute story? Thank you for sharing :). Glad you are sparkley! lol the time management is so true!

Posted by: lisa2 at April 2, 2008 04:57 AM

sparkley is VERY good!

thank you so much for that story!!


Posted by: mk at April 4, 2008 03:54 PM

I got some sparkle this week, but I had to squeeze it in before my kindergartner got off the bus AND while my guatbaby was in my lap (yes, even when my hair got washed). So add multi-tasking to the list of buzz words with time management and prioritization! I'm there and life is good.

Posted by: Lauren at April 5, 2008 02:05 AM

I am so pleased that you have realized that the children (even the grown ones) in our lives are the most important! You "got it" wa-a-ay before the age that I "got it"!


Posted by: Abuelita at May 1, 2008 07:56 PM

Your story is absolutely precious!! Yes those 5 year olds certainly know how to put things into perspective for us all! I always marvel at these sweet chosen little ones. They are so special in every single way.
God Bless You and your family and enjoy your sparkley new hair!
Hugs from - Shari

Posted by: Shari at May 6, 2008 03:28 PM