My lightbulb is clicking to the "ON" position. I am finally understanding the importance of having a routine. I have sorely neglected my Daily To-Dos (and weekly and monthly...). In fact, I have been only doing the bare minimum for the last month or more. I cannot explain why I have let this happen when I was doing such a good job previously. Maybe the novelty of "getting organized" wore off.
At any rate, here I am, stuck on bedrest. Here's the backstory:
After school on Wednesday, I came home and started spreading some mulch in my front flower beds. I stopped after about thirty minutes because the wind was blowing so badly that I couldn't keep my weed control tarp under control. So, I came inside and took a shower. My parents invited Frank and I over for supper and as I was sitting down in the chair...SNAP! My back, for lack of a better word, snapped. I had pretty intense pain for about thirty seconds and then it was just some dull, constant pressure in my lower back. I ate supper and for a couple of hours, I was able to do normal things. But, over time the pain kept getting worse. I spent all day Thursday in the bed or in the recliner. My back hurt whether I was sitting, reclining, or lying flat. No anti-inflammatory medication helped. Ben-Gay didn't help. Heating pads and ice packs didn't help. Nothing helped. It hurt when I moved and it hurt when I was still.
So, this morning I wake up and can hardly move. I knew that I had to go see the doctor. I was diagnosed with a herniated disc. My provider told me that it would take a week for my back to feel better and that in the meantime, I should be on bedrest. I thought to myself, "A WEEK?!? I can't spend a week on bedrest! I have too much to do!" I had already missed class today and now I have to call in sick to work all weekend? Ugh.
So, what does this have to do with routine? Well, I will tell ya. I would be embarrassed if anyone saw the condition my house is in right now. It is a wreck. The dishwasher is full of dirty dishes and the sink is overflowing with dirty dishes. The laundry situation is getting perilous. The litterbox is full. I don't know when I last swept. Or mopped. Or vacuumed. And I still haven't balanced the checkbook! If I had been keeping up with my routines, my home wouldn't look quite so disasterous right now. Sure, it might be a little messy, but nothing near the nuclear mess it is right now.
I have pledged myself this: "I WILL get this house in order. I WILL catch up everything that I am running behind on. I WILL forgive myself for letting it get this out of hand. And I WILL complete this by May 1."
Since I am on bedrest with nothing else better to do, I guess now is as good as a time as any to make a list of all the things that need to be done around this house. I will keep you posted on how this goes.