I’ve kept myself extremely busy this week. Both with work, and also with a thousand piddly tasks and errands. Normally, I like to spread the busy-ness out, as I’m someone who needs some white space between my patterns. Instead I decided to do everything at once in order to get it all over with and earn some downtime.
Need an example? Here’s what I did yesterday:
- Got both boys up and off to school. (They start at different times.)
- Cleaned the kitchen.
- Ordered my turkey from New Seasons Market.
- Scanned and e-mailed a host family form that was due a few weeks ago.
- Did two loads of laundry, one of which I hung on the clothesline.
- Dropped two enormous bags of Costco dog food at my father’s house. (They don’t have a Costco membership, so we pick these up for his dog.)
- Quickly stopped into his area Goodwill to search out any hidden Eames chairs. Left empty handed.
- Stopped at the Nike Outlet to buy soccer socks for my younger son. (His club soccer league plays on a Nike field, and all other brands are forbidden. Of course, they were out of soccer socks.)
- Stopped at the nearby Title Wave used library bookstore to scoop up any 10¢ Atomic Ranch magazines. I found one, as well as some vintage knitting booklets. (Total spent: 50¢. I will sell everything on eBay and in my Etsy store.
- Went to the dentist for a scheduled cleaning.)
- Picked up some over the counter medicine for my son at my hospital’s pharmacy. (Used my employee discount.)
- Stopped at the pediatrician’s office to pick up a prescription for my son.
- Returned a $8.29 file folder that I’d bought for my son. I found an unused one at my mother’s house, which she was happy to hand over.
- Bought two big bags of groceries.
- Brought groceries home and realized that I’d left the milks in the grocery cart.
- Returned to the grocery store parking lot where the milks were miraculously still in the grocery cart.
- Did not cry about the milk. Thought about it though.
- Made dinner from scratch. (Shrimp and crab spring rolls.)
- Picked my son up from Japanese tutoring, while also checking out some library cookbooks so my older son can learn to prepare meals before he’s off to college.
So yes, my day was busy.
I began to think about about how this style of extreme busy-ness is similar to frugality. With frugality you scrimp and save on the tiniest little thing so you later have the money for life’s important splurges. And with your hours in the day, you do as much as possible in a short period of time in order to later spend time on activities that bring you pleasure.
And today? I did spend the morning ticking items off my mental to-do list, but now I’m able to sit and write this blog, as well as meet up with a friend for coffee and writing talk.
Work now, play later. It works both for stuff you do and stuff you buy.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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