I’m Drowning in Mommy Guilt

Last night I came home from work and dinner was ready. *Score*  I didn’t even have to do the dishes.

While my dear husband was finishing up in the kitchen, I played with the kid, puttered around the house, and mostly did… nothing.  And that continued the rest of the evening.

Rationally I know that I should enjoy these rare moments of respite.  However, I can’t help but feel bothered by the fact that I was doing nothing.

And those three hours I spent watching tv?  I’d never get that time back. 

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Time that I could’ve spent doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms, or organizing.  And it’s not like they were even good shows.

As a working mom, I have approximately 60 hours a week to squeeze in a week’s worth of life.  Dinners, dirty clothes, play dates, errands….  It’s overwhelming.

And while I actually believe that I am much more productive now that I have a (paying) job, I am definitely still not making the most of my time. 

(And what was I doing before that made me even less productive, you ask?  Oh yeah, chasing a toddler for 8 hours a day and collapsing on the couch at 730p…)

So, I’m going to try an exercise that I’ve seen two of my favorite bloggers, Money Saving Mom and The Frugal Girl, put into practice.  Tell Your Time is an ebook written by Amy Andrews that claims to help you “manage your time so you accomplish your life goals and nothing important falls through the cracks.”

My first thought?  “Why do I need to spend money on an ebook when I can just read about time management on MSM?”  Because I’m cheap.  And the quality of my efforts show it.  (That hurt to admit.)

But since I’m a big fan of Amy Andrews’ blog Blogging With Amy, I thought, WTH, what do I have to lose…?

To be continued…

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3 Responses to I’m Drowning in Mommy Guilt

  1. Carolynleigh says:

    Sometimes doing "nothing" is relaxing. We all need to relax our minds and bodies; sometimes that means vegging out for a bit.
    It does sound like an interesting E-book though, I'll have to check it out.

  2. StirSpoon says:

    You can not be everything to everybody, that includes yourself. There are times when you have to give yourself some time also. You get a monetary allowance(mad money), give yourself a time allowance also. It is your time, do not feel guilty about using it the way you want.

    All work and no play…, you know the rest.

  3. Emily says:

    Don't worry about your laundry or dirty bathrooms. It's okay to "do nothing" sometimes.

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