Resolutions & My Conundrum

Resolutions - Ursula's Journal

I’m not really a beginning of the year resolution maker. I tend to make my resolutions aka “goals” based on whatever made me mad, at the moment in time I’ve had enough. For me, it takes channeling the passion of overwhelming frustration to catapult me into my truly most resolute actions.

Like when I had to leave for church in 10 minutes or be late, and I just discovered I can’t squeeze into a single skirt I own. Not a single skirt, and I just wore one last week. What in the world? I mean, I know I ate 4 doughnuts in one sitting this week, but seriously, did I just gain 10 pounds since last week? IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? Cruel joke life…just cruel. Bam, it goes on the resolutions list: time to get fit, and cut out junk food. I don’t want a new wardrobe…or diabetes.

I had a complete mommy melt-down in the privacy of my room. Yes, with angry crying into a pillow, interspersed with fits of self-loathing doughnut binge eating.

Or the time I had a complete mommy melt-down in the privacy of my room (yes, with angry crying into a pillow, interspersed with fits of self-loathing doughnut binge eating…ooooooh riiiight). Because for the last 3 months of trying to balance my new status of being a work-at-home mom with my existing status of being a homeschooling mom, my daughter just got her first C (out of years of only straight A’s). Oy, is it even possible to do both successfully? I felt like such a failure, and it didn’t help that as I’ve been trying to juggle my tasks I’ve been burning meals fairly frequently, struggling to keep the house a semblance of clean, and working on all my down time which is now nonexistent. Bam, added to the list: make a plan to improve life management skills, seek aid where necessary, add time to relax, focus on kids and their schooling first and foremost.

The tricky thing about making resolute plans isn’t just in the doing. It’s in the continuing. 

It seems impossible to do it all. Hm, maybe I should streamline my list of resolutions.

I had a good laugh over a few mom versions of the triple constraint triangle floating around Pinterest, and nothing could describe my conundrum better.

A Woman's Life - Pick Any Two

Why is it that the moment I launch a new goal, or incorporate a new good habit, an older one get’s pushed out. It would appear I can only maintain a certain number good things at once. Much like my life. Pick any two.

Oh boy, I truly hope that is a myth that exists in my own head.

I’m only one person, with a fixed amount of time in a day, and a limited amount of energy (bam, putting it on the list: take steps to increase energy level). How can I do everything well? Forget doing it well, can I just get it done? I’ll settle for mediocre at this point.

Ok, new plan…

This year I will continue with my goals. Maybe streamlined and doable. But I have only one resolution:

Work smarter.

 


**In lieu of my resolution: I’d love any tips you have for working smarter, and managing this thing called life. As I figure things out, I’ll be sharing what I learn and what works for me along the way. You’ll start seeing little tips in some blog posts that look like this:

Keep an eye out for them! And I truly appreciate your advice, encouragement, and sharing your struggles along the way too!

Work Smarter Tips

 

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