Monday, June 27, 2011

No Hurry!

In my greatest efforts at time management, I am often skidding out the door at the very last second to . . . well, almost everywhere.   Along with the rush comes a blurr of escalating words, usually along the lines of, "Hurry!  Hurry!  Hurry!"

You see, my goal is to arrive perfectly on time.  Which means I am regularly late.

My time management tactics would work better if I didn't have kids.  Kids who at the last minute can't find a shoe, or a backpack they insist was left by the front door, or, horrors of horrors, they have to go to the bathroom! 

And I don't just mean go,  I mean GO, as in GO NUMBER TWO!

THAT definitely puts a damper on my squeeky tight schedule!

Enter a new child.  A child who does not like to hurry.  A child who probably hasn't had to rush around too very much in her whole entire life.  Who joins a brother with the same aversion to moving quickly. 

Last week, as I was trying to do one last thing and began to feel tardiness approaching, I got the sirens running with a shout out of "Hurry!  Hurry! Hurry!"

Rose looked at me with a frown, crossed her arms, and emphatically relied, "NO hurry!!!"

At first, I was taken aback.  But then, in the very next moment, it was like someone had put a mirror up to my face and I had to ask myself why?  Why did I really need to rush so often?  Was the few extra minutes of "time management" really worth the hurry-up factor?

Honestly?  Yes.  And no. I hate arriving at appointments early, sitting there twiddling my thumbs when I actually would have had time to be throwing in that last load of laundry.

And yet, I don't want to be in such a rush--and I definitely don't like being late.

I've decided to try a little experiment.  I am going to attempt to arrive at all destinations ten minutes early.  Which means I will often arrive on time (like when someone needs to GO just as we are walking out the door.) 

In order to avoid the twiddle factor, I have put a little project bag in my car to use when I do arrive early.  I have included an inspirational book, some notecards, a fingernail file and polish, a children's book, stickers, and a little notepad.  I also hope to add an easy knitting project (I only know how to knit very long scarves, so guess what this project will be?).

I'm actually excited to arrive early to delve into my twiddle bag!


Anna said...

what a great idea. I remember having one for my little ones to keep them happy "waiting". I get frustrated at parents that dont think of this and squirmy toddlers are left to fuss. (many years ago my daughter and I started knitting scarves- with help from other women, you tube and books we tackle pretty much anything. Keep up the scarf knitting!)

Ann said...

Anna, I always have a little bag of stuff to take for my kids but I am excited to have something for myself now too :-) especially since all my kids are getting old enough to read to themselves. Thanks for the idea of Youtube!

Acceptance with Joy said...

hmmm... I definitely need to be making that kind of commitment to being early. I'm hardest on people if they make me late!!!

I use the kindle on my iphone as my time "saver" been reading a lot of books that way.

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

Oh boy can I relate!!! I am a crazy nut over being places on time..

OneThankfulMom said...

Sounds like smart mothering to me!

OneThankfulMom said...

Sounds like smart mothering to me!