I have so few free hours in a day to myself, so I have learned to take the (free) time that I most often spend doing blogging related tasks very seriously .
I’ve learned that the best way that I can avoid spending too many hours on any particular task (i.e. tweeting, writing posts, or reading blogs) is by creating daily blogging “to-do” lists. Yes, as a mom even my hobbies must be resigned to a list.
It’s sad, but very necessary.
And I love crossing things off my lists, and then creating new lists, often long lists to have a “record” by which to measure my daily blogging productivity. It’s an obsession of mine, a sad but necessary one that comes, I like to tell myself, with motherhood.
This week’s “to-do” list was particularly large. On that very long list of things to do were small things like writing posts, editing posts, responding to comments, visiting blogs, editing pictures writing emails, and large things like creating a header and taking the steps needed to officially change blogging platforms.
It was a lot to do, but, I figured that so long as I did everything in the order planned on my list, starting over the weekend and continuing at 6 AM sharp on Monday morning, I could do it.
So on Sunday night, I went to bed ready, really ready for Monday to come so that I could get down to continue the unfinished blogging business from the weekend.
And when Monday came, I was really ready. I woke up at 5 AM, showered, ate my breakfast of champions: Oatmeal with Blueberries, and sat down in my office chair. Yes! “This feels right!” “I’m going to get so much done!”I thought to myself as I turned on my computer.
I started by working on an overdue post on marriages post-children and then observed, casually, that my computer only had a 10% charge. Now, this wouldn’t have been a problem if my computer charger were in “good” condition, but it wasn’t, mostly as the result of it being Nya’s toy for one too many months.
After weeks of having issues sustaining a charge, I had learned that to use my charger, I had to twist, turn, blow on it, pray on it for it to work. And, I did all this, this Monday morning, however, it didn’t work. It (the charger) died (officially pronounced at 7 AM. Yes, I kept at it for 2 hours) and so did my list of oh so
important blogging tasks.
By 7:30 AM, my 10% charge was depleted along with my hope to conquer some of my elephant to-do list.
I was devastated. I felt as if the world were going to end.
I wanted to cry, and just be miserable the whole day, but I couldn’t. My daughter, who woke up around 8 AM, and my other, unwritten to-do list of laundry, dishes, and errands wouldn’t let me.
In spite of my disappointment, I had to keep going.
And, keep going, I did.
Instead of editing pictures, tweeting, or editing posts during my daughter’s nap, I took a much needed catnap and managed to write this post by hand (i.e., with paper and pen) when I awoke.
And, I survived, survived much of my day (until my husband returned from work with his computer) without my beloved laptop, my blogging weapon of choice.
And, the sky didn’t fall because I couldn’t check things off my list.
While very stressed out yesterday morning at the thought of not being able to follow through with my original plans, it all worked out in the end.
And through the experience, I learned something.
I learned how important it is in life to not allow what’s not working or what’s broken or what’s lost (and this could be anything, a relationship, a job, a charger) to overshadow the things that are. I was reminded of how important it is to be open to (and receptive of) changed plans, other options, and alternatives.
My blogging to-do list is still long, but that’s OK. I know that I’ll conquer it in time.
Anyone else have a blogging to-so list? Has failed technology stood in a way of you accomplishing things on that list?
Oh, and until my new charger gets here (and because I refuse to use my smart phone), I’ll be mostly “out-of-commission” during the day. Still, feel free to contact me by email or twitter or through a comment. I’ll be sure to respond as soon as I can.