Reading and Stuff
Are you like me? A stack of books always within arms reach and yet you never seem to have the time to read them like you planned?
These are my constant companions, next to my laptop on the dining room table. They get put away when visitors come for dinner, then every time I bring them back out again from the depths of my desk piles, I plan in my head that I definately WILL get to read them this week, and if I just leave them where I can see them all the time, then I will take five minutes here and there, and soon I will have them read!
That doesnt happen.
Its either one of two reasons.
1. There are little grey men who visit my house and steal time away from it in order to stockpile it for their evil emperor who plans to take over the universe by using his hoard of time and making people pay megabucks to eek out even a few extra seconds a week while he has all the time in the world to sing dance and make merry at the expense of all our reading time.
2. I have piled myself up with too much stuff to do and have unrealistic expectations of how much of it I can get through in the time available for it.
I am starting to suspect that its not actually number 1, that it is really number 2, which kinda sucks because then I have to take some responsibility for it myself. Hmm. The upside however, of admitting this to myself, is that I can try to stop beating myself up over not having even opened these books for over a week. I am not being lame and simply allowing myself to be side-tracked too much so I dont get time to read, I am not the worlds least organised person who doesnt deserve to own books that I am too hopeless to actually read (therefore making them a waste of hard earned money). Its not just a matter of will-power and, dammit, it doesnt make me a failed would-be book reader just because I havent had time to read these.
I see three options. At least, if its not the Grey Men and the Evil Emperor causing this issue. If I bullet point these with more numbers it also makes me look more organised doesn’t it. Doesn’t it?
Option 1. Stop writing this post right NOW and read a book!
Option 2. Set aside some specific reading time and drop the unrealistic expectation that opportunistic reading snippets will ever occur.
Option 3. Do several things at once in order to achieve more and to ‘make’ more time. I am woman, I can multitask. Right? In fact, I could combine the otherwise brain-dead bubble bath time with the reading of at least one chapter per bath of the Grow Your Own Handmade Businesss book. Because I ‘would’ like to grow my own handmade business. And I would like to know how to do that. I am sure this book contains SECRETS.
I am also starting to wonder if the other parents would think I was super weird and a bit anti-social if I took a book with me to read while I wait for Lucca to come out of class at the end of the day. And if I would care if they did. (no probably not XD)
Well it does look like I have some options here Its not book fail yet!
I also want to browse the various fiber related magazines I have and spend some time in the advertisements looking up webpages for new supplies, resources, and contacts. I do need to be at the puter to do that (distraction city). I am going to schedule that into first coffee time each morning untill I have perused them all and am going to promise myself to not open Facebook OR my mail until I have done at least one magazine justice each day.
Do you want to know what prompted this?
Two things. Shall I bulletpoint them? XD
1. I had been planning to write a book review for you of the growing your own business book! And I cant do that till I have read it, of course.
2. I actually really hate (with a vengeance) having clutter on my table, I can’t stand it. And yet, I am cluttering it up myself! ME! I can’t even tell off my kids and demand they pick up their mess, or complain about my husbands hoarder tendencies. This is really bad. But I am scared that if I put these things out of sight, out of arms reach, that I will forget to read altogether…
It just occured to me, at this point in my post, that I am rather making a big Mount Doom out of a little Molehill. *sigh*
What are your organisational hiccups like? How do you make time for these little things that turn into big things? You can use bullet points in your answers if you like ;D