with Britt Reints
Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.
You can also find Britt on Twitter and at InPursuitOfHappiness.net.
I consider myself a pretty organized person. Granted, that’s by necessity more than design - but still. Organized.
I keep track of doctor appointments and work schedules and class plays. I get one child out the door at 7:00 A.M. and another in the car at 7:30 A.M. five days a week. I remember birthdays and due dates and everyone’s favorite color and least favorite food. I keep my house and my family running like a well-oiled machine.
I do not, however, remember to pick up the mail. The mail in our neighborhood is delivered to a centralized box made up of individual locked boxes, almost like a mini-post office box system. In order to retrieve my mail, I have to take my key and go to the big block of boxes.
The big block of boxes is located directly across the street from my driveway. But still! For some strange reason, I consistently end up leaving my mail unchecked for days on end. In fact, I’ve gone weeks before without checking my mail. The majority of my mail is advertisements or copies of bills that have already been paid online automatically, so the fact that I have this little issue with my mail isn’t a problem.
I have exactly one bill that is not paid automatically each month: my water bill. I know this. I know I have to remember to get the mail so that I can retrieve my water bill and send payment on time. I know this. And yet, my fairly organized self has managed to forget to pay the water bill long enough that my water has been shut off.
Luckily, a quick phone call and a $40 reconnect fee later my water is up and running again, but that $40 is basically a what the heck is the matter with you fee. A couple weeks ago I actually got a notice from the post office that my mailbox was so full that they were holding my mail at the post office until I retrieved it in person and proved that my address wasn’t vacant.
But honestly - I’m a fairly organized person! I juggle and multi-task and remember! Everything! Mostly.
Checking the mail, for whatever reason, is the one small task that consistently falls through the cracks for me. Do you have some seemingly mundane task that you seem to have a hard time keeping up with, in spite of juggling everything else fairly well?
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