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05 January 2015

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Jenny

"I lowered my standards -- and life is better for everyone.

Maybe you should resolve, in 2015, to lower your standards too!"

I'm not sure my standards could get any lower. Maybe my resolution should be "Accept the chaos" but I also don't really want to accept the chaos either. Perhaps the resolution should be to accept that I need to accept the chaos. Is that meta enough?

I really like the idea of the index card to-do list. Being able to just throw it away at the end of the day must be freeing. How good are you at trashing it? I think I would have a tendency to hold on to it. Makes me wish I had a fireplace to toss stuff into in the evening. Burn, baby, burn.

Anyway, my real resolution should be to be more intentional with the time I use for household tasks. It is easy for me to get overwhelmed with what I need to do and spend a lot of time spinning my wheels avoiding it. I could accomplish more if I just did it instead of thinking about how much there is to do and then escaping online. It's the old 'how do I find the least amount of downtime necessary?' problem. I need downtime, but probably not as much as I take. If I designate an hour or two for a certain task, I need to work diligently at that task instead of spending as much time avoiding as I do working. I'm never going to get the whole to-do list done, but I could get more done.

Sarah E.

This is insightful and encouraging! Thank you!

Also, I want to thank you for your posts regarding apologies as an invitation to forgiveness. So helpful for teaching my children, and even for clarifying the idea in my own mind. I recently shared the link to that post with someone on facebook, so you may have gotten extra traffic to that post. Sincerely, your grateful reader who rarely follows through with comments :-)

bearing

Thanks Sarah -- that's one of my own favorite posts. I realize I'm making this up as I go along, but parenting is more satisfying when backed by somewhat-consistent philosophy.

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