If you’re anything like most of the mothers I know, you have entirely too much on your plate, and it can be paralyzing to constantly have to pick between how you should be spending your time.
After work tonight, should I go to the grocery store or should I fold the laundry? Next Thursday, should I go on my daughter’s field trip or attend the staff meeting at work? And, in order to relax, should I go to a yoga class at lunchtime or attack my overflowing email inbox?
So many damn decisions.
It seems like life would be so much easier if we didn’t have to decide and debate our every move constantly. And of course, in true motherly fashion, hiding behind most of our decisions is a steady stream of guilt and a condescending voice in our head suggesting what we “should” be doing.
In the words of Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, “We’ve got to stop shoulding all over ourselves.”
Let’s say, for example, it is 7:30 pm on a Tuesday night and this is the scene in my house. Dinner is done, and I only have 30 minutes standing between me and the bedtime countdown, which means I’m getting closer and closer to calling it a day, crashing on the couch, drinking red wine and binging on Netflix.
I could choose to spend those final and productive 30 minutes of my day in a number of ways – clearing out my email inbox, starting a new load of laundry, sorting through field trip permission slips or throwing out school artwork without getting caught.