I always have great expectations of what I am going to accomplish over the weekend. The list accumulates while I’m working all week. I’m not sure if I just aim too high or if I am just completely incapable of staying focused on each task (slight case of adult ADD). We finally had an open weekend with nothing on the schedule. I had high hopes for tackling my to-do list. I planned on getting a huge donation together for Big Sisters of Rhode Island. I wanted to get all the yard work done. I wanted to clean off the porch, which has seemed to have accumulated a ton of junk. I wanted to get my floors washed with my new Hoover Twin Tank. I wanted to take the kids to the park. I wanted to clean out my pantry. I wanted to fit in a good outdoor run and find time to read my book. I really didn’t think this was too much for a weekend where we had nothing going on. My problem…once I start doing one thing…it leads to something else entirely. Case and point: I wanted to pick up the second floor after our sleepover we hosted with my niece and nephews. That led to me moving the furniture and cleaning every crevice and stripping the boys beds and washing all the bedding…then to organizing toys and ditching a few. This was supposed to be just a quick “tidy up.” This took me the majority of the day.
We did manage to get to the park with all 6 kids. Exhausting in itself. My husband and I never managed to tackle the backyard as planned. Finnegan did however help me weed and trim the front yard garden. The porch got cleaned off. Not a single item was gathered for my donation…this I think is going to take a while. A task that must be completed when the kids go to bed. I fit in a run, but it was on the treadmill. I never picked up my book. I DID get to try out my new Hoover. I have to say, I think I might just be in love. Now, I LOVE my Shark steam mop, but this one is of another caliber. I’ll share my review with you another time.
How well do you manage your to-do lists? Do you set yourself up for disappointment like I do? Do you make smaller lists? Do you have a secret that helps prevent parental ADD? Please share. Well I guess the weekend is not over yet and I still have some time left to get things done. However, for right now I’m about to go make watercolor masterpieces with my boys.