I have reached the point in December where the volume of stuff to be managed starts feeling like a bit much. This was also a rough morning as the little guy was up for a while last night and then an older child screamed in the hallway early this morning, causing the little guy to wake up too early, so I sat with him for an hour in the morning as he dozed in and out on my lap. That sounds sweet except it’s hard to check that other people are getting ready for school and getting out the door from that position. The whole morning was off and I wound up remembering that I hadn’t packed a lunch for the 7-year-old while he was in the van getting ready to leave, so I was racing back inside to orchestrate that.
I have not entirely succeeded in my project of getting everything done for work so I can take next week off. But there is today and tomorrow.
Anyway, the good news is that the presents are wrapped. The children all wrapped (with some help) their sibling presents for each other (they will open these on the 23rd). We have matching family pajamas ready to go for the 24th. Children who are in the Christmas pageant have practiced their lines. Almost all the under-the-tree presents are wrapped, with only one present still outstanding, and the tracking information says it is in the USPS Philadelphia PA Network Distribution Center. So that’s a positive. I bought these cute little Christmas tree stocking holders for our mantle so we can actually hang stockings this year! My husband went to Wegmans last night and bought food for the extended family Christmas get-together.
It has been a very merry and full month. And there’s more stuff to come! But January will be slower. Life tends to come in waves. Though with five kids, there are always logistics and planning to be done (I started on the camp spreadsheet for summer…that is going to be a January project).
In other news: Please join me and Dorie Clark for a chat over at LinkedIn at noon, eastern, today! We’ll be talking Tranquility by Tuesday and time management in general. You can access the chat directly here (https://www.dorieclark.com/better)
Also, I’m hosting my annual time tracking challenge from January 9-15, 2023. If you’ve been looking for a good time to try tracking your time, this could be it. You can sign up here to get daily motivational emails.
And then, stay tuned for the first Tranquility by Tuesday Challenge! From January 20th to March 23rd we’ll be going through one of the nine TBT rules each week. I’ll have a sign-up for that coming in the new year.