Maker Monday: Why I set realistic goals
Being a mom who works from home isn't without it's challenges. Although I always crave balance, it is not anything I claim to be any good at.
Last night, I had just put my kids to bed, and I noticed how happy everyone was. We were goofing off while brushing teeth, and Luke was standing in the hallway with a goofy smile looking at us. The take-it all-in sappy kind that I think is his version of my pick up the camera and capture the moment.
This time of year is my busy season. I have to make all kinds of jewelry around our already packed to the gills, when not even having plans, kind of day. In the past I've made this time of year very stressful. I've gotten angry and short with the kids because they were in my way... and I never felt I was accomplishing enough, so I worked endlessly. I realized this is because I never actually defined what "enough" was... How many pieces do I need to make? How many can I make in a day and not ignore everyone else? I don't remember ever determining that. Instead, I just knew I needed to do more and was behind and that them interrupting me was making things a lot worse.. .. This year I made that shift... from never enough to ... if I make 5 pieces per day. I'll be ready. It's absolutely amazing how perception changes behavior. Setting that realistic goal and accomplishing it has kept me present with them and not on the verge of a panic attack.
Of course there are still days like that, but I'm thankful that I learned that when I set a goal with an amount that's humanly possible. I feel good accomplishing it. I move forward, and I am still able to see my kids as they are not as interruptions to my day. I actually welcome them hanging out in my studio with me (as long as they're not fighting). Something new to me. Life isn't anything if not a work in progress!
Thank you for reading! Happy Monday!
Have a great week!