Too Many Projects?

July 13th, 2011 by under Parenting, The Busy Life. 4 Comments.

Have you ever had so many ideas and plans for things you want to accomplish that you didn’t know where to start? Then, you wake up and you feel really ambitious so you start several (or all) of them all at once?

Why do we DO that to ourselves???

I’ve been notorious for starting projects and not finishing them for as long as I can remember. Reference point? First off, I’m sure you could track down my teachers from Jr. and Sr. High School. How on Earth I made some of the grades I did… I’m positive it was thanks to the teachers letting my test scores weigh more. When I was pregnant with X-man back in ’99, I began a cross stitch blanket for him. He’ll be turning 12 this year… the blanket project will be as well (actually, I’m not entirely certain where it’s at after all this time and several moves). I have a 2″ binder full of over 130 poems I wrote over the course of 15 years. The binder is marked “Book 1 & 2 material”… I haven’t even looked at a publisher which means I’m not even half way through the process of being published. To be honest, I got that binder out a few nights ago and started reading back through the pieces… I think I need to mark off book two and just hope I have enough for one book. Haha. Nevermind the Gigabytes upon gigabytes of photos I have, but have done nothing with beyond uploading to my computer and some to Facebook.

My current issue is that I’m trying to tackle too many lifestyle projects, plus big cleaning projects all at once. Between coupons, sleep and daily schedule changes, general household management, garage clean out, prepping for my first time as a consignment sale contributor, and one GINORMOUS house cleaning project at someone’s house that I started this week (not to mention any number of other projects and the pile of books I want to finish reading and start reviewing)… I think I have too many irons in the fire at one time. I wish I could recall which blog I read recently that mentioned taking big changes one at a time. I’m fairly certain it was either Money Saving Mom, or someone via her page, who said (to paraphrase) instead of overwhelming oneself by trying to make a lot of changes at once, or tackling many big projects at once, you need to prioritize and introduce one thing at a time. Otherwise, you’ll end up so overwhelmed that you just fall back into the old rut. Boy, I think whichever Mom-blogger that said that was just spot on.

As I’ve been getting back on track with my own page, I started tackling so many other things that I almost slipped off track again with the first of many things I was trying to accomplish. I’m glad I’m aware of this, because it means I’m making a big effort to scale back some of my efforts (as of last night, effective immediately) so that I don’t set myself up for failure.

My new goal for the coming weeks? Make a list of everything I want to accomplish using a spreadsheet similar to the one HERE, from Life As Mom. Prioritize, then devise a plan of attack.

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Michele S  on July 13th, 2011

This sounds just like me. Maybe we should form a support group for the “over doers”. haha

Jen Hen  on July 13th, 2011

Yes please! :)

Rikki  on July 20th, 2011

Stumbled on your blog post through Reddit. You already know I am subscribing to your rss feed.

Jen Hen  on July 20th, 2011

I’m glad to have a new follower! :) Thanks for reading.

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