I have been trying to stay in-tune with what I find creates stress for me, lately. Sometimes, I wake up on a Saturday and get excited about the potential the weekend holds for our family to have fun, and spend quality time together. After thinking for a few minutes, I realize there’s a lot of things which “have to get done,” and then I quickly get disappointed or stressed about managing our time.
So, this Saturday when I woke up, I decided I wanted to make a list of “to-do” and a “wish list” underneath it. Often times, I think things have to happen, but they actually don’t really need to. This is how I overload my weekend and turn fun time into stress. Lance and I sat down and said everything we had to do this weekend, vs. what we wanted to do.
This was our list:
The truth was, when we actually thought about what we ABSOLUTELY HAD TO GET DONE, there really wasn’t much. We knocked out the grocery shopping and trip to target on Saturday along with nap-time sleep training. That left Sunday for our wish list. On Sunday, we chillaxed, I got a much-needed pedicure and Lance played Playstation for a few hours and I had lunch with my best friend.
We even made delicious meals both nights!! Lemon Orzo Chicken, and Spanish Chickpeas and Rice!
While we didn’t get everything I wanted to get done, I realized that my expectations were unrealistic if I wanted any down time. We had a great time this weekend, and I think our to-do and wish list will be a new weekend tradition which will help us prioritize and be realistic about what we can accomplish.