Am I the only one who starts out on a Monday with great intentions that this will be a really productive week? Every Monday I begin with plans to get myself organised for the week; I’m going to be efficient, finish my outstanding patterns, have a sparkling house (right, who am I kidding!?!) and of course I’m never going to run out of the front door 10 minutes too late with a sandwich in the corner of my mouth :) And don’t forget all the exercise that I plan on getting done!
If I’m entirely rational about it I would probably acknowledge that unless I magically managed to double the week length that I am destined for failure. But yet I keep on trying every week. Why? Perhaps it’s because when you do have a week when everything goes your way it’s actually possible. The week, where you bounce out of bed before the alarm, you don’t spend an hour surfing the internet half asleep before you get working and manage to get the load of laundry and a run done before it even hits 10.
But it’s also not just me – with 6 of us in the house a lot also depends on how everyone else is doing. We have a big mixture of personalities in our house and it doesn’t take much for someone to throw a spark into the powder keg. We’ve got high achievers for whom anything less than perfect is unacceptable, we’ve got little messers who just love poking at vulnerable spots trying to make the house of cards fall and we’ve got unpredictable high needs (one was diagnosed with asperger syndrome last year) that isn’t always on the same page as everyone else.
So if we’ve got a morning of tears with irrational arguments that make you want to tear your hair out at 7 in the morning you can end up feeling exhausted by 8.30. If you’re tired our or stressed as well then your contribution to the morning/evening is negative rather than positive. But yet every new week you start afresh with good intentions. I will get to bed before midnight, then I’ll have the patience to get through the day calmly, to start work promptly and to take care of myself and everyone around me.
So this week I’m starting in a good place, we negotiated the morning with relative calm, I’m writing this blog post before nine (!), and I will get me to-do list finished this week.
Happy Monday morning everyone, I wish you the courage to start every week anew.