My job is very demanding. Not in a bad way, it is good to be busy and productive. But it is also draining some days. And since I am so mentally exhausted by 5:30, I come home and do NOT want to feel busy. I've been feeling busy and rushed since 8:00... I want to lay down on the couch and sip my lemonade!
It's crazy because I have these to-do lists at work and I check those suckers off like mad. The lists help me be productive and accomplish everything that needs to be done. I really need to get one of those for home... There is so much to do (that I want to do) at home, but they feel like tasks so I don't do them. That's where the crazy comes in - I am Mrs. Productive-get-things-done at work, and Mrs. Flake-let-you-down at home. Awesome! Who wants to be my friend now? :)
I need to do dishes, laundry, clean the bathroom, sew those clothes, make shower invitations, create a family reunion game, do my workout, read my scriptures, make dinner, write a sympathy card, send a birthday card, call those best friends I never talk to, drop off things at campus, reorganize the spare room, start-up my Etsy shop, read my dad's book, clean out the fridge, try to eat healthy and plan meals ahead --- and be a happy, selfless wife while doing everything. I know if I make some of those habitual, they won't feel like tasks anymore. But how can I form habits when I'm too tired to start them?
Matt is actually VERY amazing at helping me. He makes dinner most nights and cleans the kitchen/living room almost every day. He will do anything I ask him, but doesn't it feel wrong to ask him to do that every day? Maybe I'm just bad at delegating. And maybe I just want to be a better ME - a me that can do everything and have enough energy leftover to shave my legs - so delegating seems like a cop-out.
Aren't I not supposed to feel this way until I have kids? Isn't now the time Matt and I can relax and enjoy one another's company before the chaotic family life? That's what gets me down the most. Thinking that this is our only "honeymoon" stage, and our lives will only get more hectic.
This is a call for help. I need advice! How do you busy people keep up with the everyday household to-do lists? How do you keep up your energy throughout the day to get it all done?