Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Glimpsing the obvious

So often over the past 4 weeks, sympathetic people have commented that everything must take twice as long when managed with one hand...I have agreed readily but it was only to-day that I recognised the truth that, if everything is gong to take twice as long, my hope to get 50% of my normal goals achieved in a given day is only going to be possible if I actually work a full day - and that will leave me just as weary as in fact I am.
The problem is that faced with that realisation, and paring things down as far as I humanly can, there is still more to be done than I can begin to contemplate. I've said before that if I write a to-do list I'm quite close to the edge. I finished one this morning - and it covers 2 sides in my A5 notebook.
Whoever thought it might be good for Lent, Holy Week & Easter to belong together???

8 comments:

Song in my Heart said...

I seem to consistently over-estimate how much I should be capable of achieving in a given timeframe. It's worse when my body is unco-operative: everything does take much longer if I can't carry things easily or when I find walking difficult, and I'm glad I have fewer of those days now. But even when I'm mobile and free of pain, my to-do lists tend toward multiple pages, and often deciding what to do next is a matter of deciding which thing I can least afford to neglect.

I'm curious: did you find these things easier to gauge when you had the use of both arms? Is this an ongoing thing that is worse because of the broken arm, or something you don't normally experience?

Songbird said...

When I have lists that long, I try to break them into smaller batches.
I'm P too, as you know, so that makes it less terrifying.

Kathryn said...

Song - I'm never realistic about how much I can achieve but in normal circumstances I thrive under pressure so tho I will make a huge song & dance about it, it usually all gets done, albeit with a fair degree of flapping along the way. I guess what there never is is any give in the system - so even cutting out most of the creative "extras" which are what make me happy, there is just no room to achieve things that are taking twice as long. I only ever make lists if I am losing it...

Mary Beth said...

I agree...! We should rearrange that church calendar. Spread things out in a more reasonable way.

mid-life rookie said...

I use a Franklin Covey Planner. One of the best things about it is the little strip of paper I fill out each week and slip into the page marker. It is titled Big Rocks. I imagine you've seen the illustration where some big rocks and tiny rocks are together in a container. Then they are dumped out. If you put all the little rocks back in first there doesn't seem to be room for the big rocks. They have to go in first, then the little rocks fit around them. In the planner, the big rocks are the tasks that are going to make the biggest difference. I find if I make the list each week, those get done and a bunch of the little stuff too. Perhaps you could take a highlighter to your oversized to do list and highlight the big rocks - the things that will make the biggest difference. It might not seem so daunting and you (or at least I do)get a big sense of accomplishment when a big rock is done. Hope it's not too much longer that you are on half speed.

Sarah said...

And just when you thought the list was survivable up pop the annual general meetings.

ElastiGirl said...

(((k)))

Tony said...

Lent, Holy Week and Easter all together?

I agree, but I haven't yet found any way of separating them...