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The days are long, and the weeks are still long...

April 14th, 2020 at 01:35 pm

Does anyone else feel like they've lived 157 years since early March? I'm busier than ever and not in all good ways. Between taking care of the 1 year old, the 8 month giant puppy (seriously, he's 90 lbs and counting), 3 other less-maintenance animals, working from home full-time, and being pregnant, I'm wiped out.

On top of all that, I found out that the promotion I'd been wanting for years is finally mine. It's wonderful, but the timing is terrible, and I'm really torn up that I can't really give it my all. It's the career rejuvenation that I'd been waiting for as I love my company, but was dissatisfied with the lack of growth opportunities despite more than proving that I was ready to move up. Now, I get to move into a lead role, but with everything else, I've become more in line with a mediocre employee rather than a standout. It's really hard to accept for my perfectionist tendencies.

Money-wise, we're doing well. We did spend some money getting the backyard in a better spot - not the complete overhaul that we'd envisioned, but getting rid of some of the trees, so that our back and front yards were clear and usable. We've put aside 8k in to our emergency fund rather than pay off the credit card right now. We're going to use the stimulus to hopefully repair the deck. It's become really warped in places, and we plan to use it a lot this summer being quarantined. My son's big first birthday gift was a water table, so I'm excited to see how he likes it.

DH and I are lucky that we both are still working, and I will continue making all my normal debt payments with extra small amounts as we can. In the meantime, I'll continue to take it one excruciatingly long day at a time...

7 Responses to “The days are long, and the weeks are still long...”

  1. creditcardfree Says:
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    It's starting to feel like the movie Groundhog Day, my husband still goes to work, but works everyday and usually 14 plus hours. It's hard to tell what day it is! I can ask my daughter though she's still doing class work and it has a bit of a schedule, but much more flexible now. Hang in there!

  2. My English Castle Says:
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    I agree with both of you! I feel a little like a hamster in a wheel. Plenty to do, but so flat with nothing to break up work, daily chores, etc.

  3. Lots of Ideas Says:
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    I am trying to break up the days by assigning chores and activities to different days.
    Like every Friday I text one of my nephews.

    I assigned a day for laundry, a couple to run the dishwasher (I live alone so this isn’t a daily thing for me). Then I have things each week like birthdays to remember, bills to pay and at the beginning of the week I ‘schedule’ those.

    I also make myself a really nice breakfast on Sunday and bake something good on Monday and make the treat last all week. I can see the week moving forward as the treat disappears! And I plan the next treat so there is something to look forward to.

    Another thing is that I try to put a rhythm to the day so I have a routine.

    I’m not saying this is easy, but this is helping me some so I thought I would share.

  4. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:
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    LoI, those are all great ideas. I guess the issue for me is that I have a routine, but I'm literally moving or busy from when I wake up anywhere from 5-7 am until 8 pm, sometimes 9 or 10. That leaves me no time to unwind or take time for myself which makes this so much harder. I'm literally at the beck and call of an increasingly mobile toddler, a high-energy puppy still being potty-trained, household chores, work, or multiple of those at once. It feels like I live multiple lifetimes every day which is taxing and wearing. I can't give my all to any one of them, so I end up putting half-effort attempts into everything.

  5. rob62521 Says:
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    I try to do things according to a schedule so every day isn't the same. You are a busy woman with all who depend on you. Congrats on the promotion! Things will get better.

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:
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    congratulations! My life is busy and yet it feels the same. It's very monotonous and monotone.

  7. ceejay74 Says:
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    I think most people are not performing at their best for work -- I know I'm not, even though I feel like I'm trying really hard to. I too am really demanding of myself and it's a scary feeling that I can't seem to find the focus and quality of work that I usually have.

    But that's the thing -- we have to remember we're not competing against a bunch of high performers with easy lives right now. Every single person on this planet, practically, is going through some kind of similar struggle, so they have to be forgiving. (At least that's what I keep telling myself!)

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