Have you ever felt overwhelmed? You know that feeling when you have so much to do and you have no idea how it’s going to happen. I’ve been there. In fact, I’m on the verge right now. There are days when I’m not sure which way to go.
I’m fortunate that my husband is very calm, cool and collected. He rarely worries, at least I don’t see it. Truth be told, worry really gets you nowhere but it’s human nature for some. I admit that I worry more than I should at times. The key is managing it.
We are on the tail end of the planning for our out-of-state move. My husband’s company provides some great benefits, so no complaints there. Yet, all the details can be a bit much. I keep telling myself that people do it all the time. We do it all the time.
We are down to the wire, 11 days and counting. We’ve had a lot on our plate including: relocation paperwork, mortgage company paperwork for our new home, completing home repairs for the buyers of our current home, planning for 2 and a half weeks of temporary housing, enrolling three kids in three different schools, casual job hunting (for me), vacation planning and trying to enjoy our last few weeks with friends. There’s more but no need to bore you.
These are the strategies that I have used to keep it all together when I really want to whine and pout.
1. Create a daily list and prioritize. My list at this point must be daily because there are so many details. I usually focus on a few tasks each day. Carve out time to complete your tasks.
2. Meditate. Spend some quiet time alone, meditating, praying or whatever works for you. My kids will sleep forever if I let them. I’m an early riser. I take advantage of the quiet time in the mornings.
3. Take a break. Because I’m a relational person, spending time with good company is a treat for me. One of my good friends and I meet at Starbucks weekly to discuss any and everything. I treat myself to a latte and I enjoy every bit.
4. Embrace the fact that this too shall pass. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve moved four times before, and we will survive.
There’s nothing earth shattering here. As mothers, many of us are the queens of multitasking. This process has forced me to be more intentional about planning and taking care of me as a way to keep my sanity. Perhaps my documenting it here will be a great reminder for me when I start whining and pouting. I rarely do either but there are days when I want to call my invisible non-existent assistant.
In spite of all the details, we are excited. We are moving back to a place we’ve lived before and have good friends. We found a great house that is move in ready. We had to pass on the fixer upper.
Even in the midst of all the juggling, there are just as many positives. We’ve been blessed in every place but now it’s time to move on.
How do you cope when your to do list is a mile long?
Peace and Blessings,