Watching someone keep several balls, pins, knives or other items up in the air is pretty exciting. While actual juggling is pretty whimsical; the figurative kind we do as parents is not as exciting, but it is still an impressive feat. Parents have a lot going , we usually are juggling multiple roles and trying to find balance. We work inside or outside the home, we care for children and sometimes other family members and we try to find time to better ourselves or do things we enjoy. It is difficult to find time to do everything. We often find ourselves in a very precise and overwhelming juggling act.
My Juggling Act
For me, I am a stay at home parent, but I also have done some part-time phone and online advising, creating/ teaching a career class, hoping to launch a handmade card side hustle and I am continuing on my blogging adventure. I was feeling stressed and pulled in way too many directions.
Normally, I have things planned out and I am really organized, but the last few weeks did not go as planned. This was the not first week that I did not have my stuff together, but it was the first time I did not have my stuff together to write my blog post. I have worked on my blog for the last 3 months and I have read enough blogging articles to know that being consistent is important, so I was disappointed that I was not able to give my blog role the time it needed this week and last week.
For the roles that are just for me, the card making and my blog, I have to try to fit those activities in between my main roles. Normally, I am able to write and edit a post in several 15 minute increments throughout the day and it usually takes 5 or so days to write the content, edit, take pictures and create graphics. It is a much longer process if I am recipe testing. I promote my blog on social media during nap-time and at night once my little guys fall asleep. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and I have to write it down, thank goodness for Google Keep on my phone! While the stopping and starting method would not work for everyone, it is how I have been making it work.
Dropping the Ball!
Last week I was doing a lot of class prep and the weather has been getting nicer, so the boys and I have been playing outside more. I also bought some fun stuff at the Paper Source store and I was dying to line some envelops for my card making endeavor. I was devoting a lot more time to some of my other roles. I planned to write this week’s blog post about graduation and the books I would give new graduates, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I was not excited about it and wanted to do other things instead. For me to write blog content, I need to be excited about it and I have to have time for it. So this week, I had to figure out what ball I could pull out of the air and set down so that I could keep my juggling act going. The ball I chose to set down was the blog.
At first, I felt really bad about dropping the ball, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized we all have to make choices about which roles we want to juggle. For example, I could have kept my role in the working world, but it was important to me to stay at home with my boys, so I put my career ball on the shelf for now.
Sometimes we need to pick one or two balls to drop just to make the juggling act continue. If I would have kept pushing to keep all the balls in the air, I may have inadvertently dropped a really important one and missed out on a chance to have fun with my kids. So if you are feeling stressed about your juggling act, think about the roles or tasks you have up in the air, are there any you can set down every now and again?
What ball can you take out of your rotation for a bit?
For example, If you come by my house unannounced, you will find that I set down the house cleaning ball a lot. I also put down the dinner making ball in favor of take out a few times a week. Since my blog is something I am doing for enjoyment, unfortunately, it is one role that will have to be set down every now and again, but I can’t feel bad about it, I just need to pick it back up when I can.
Now that my class is pretty much done, I just have one group of assignments left to grade, then final grades to post, and my online/phone advising is coming to an end, I know it will be a lot easier to put my blog back in the rotation. Thank you for bearing with me and for reading this musing on my juggling act.
P.S. Here is a preview of my card making endeavors. Stay tuned to my products page for updates.