Today was the day that I planned to sign William up for baseball. He’s never played baseball, nor have any of my kids participated in any sort of team sports. We’ve all been excited, but nervous, about the whole thing. The early registration discount expires in the next couple of days, though, so I knew I needed to get busy. The registration was a simple, on-line form. I knew this because I peeked at the form on the web site the other day. Just before lunch today, I sat down to sign my boy up to play ball.
The simple form I spied on line the other day? Turns out, that was just the first page. I typed away, filling out the necessary info, running here and there to pull insurance numbers and debit cards out of my purse, opening new browser windows to find the address of the Kaiser facility we use, eating my lunch, giving a spelling test, checking the box that I will agree to sign a medical release form at try outs, assigning questions 1, 2, 4 & 5 in Will’s Bible lesson, checking the box that I agree to work some volunteer shifts for the league, eating more of my lunch, answering questions for Aaron, hitting the “submit” button on the form, reopening the second browser window to get the zip code for the Kaiser facility we use, hitting the “submit” button again……success!
As you can see, life continued to happen all around me. When it was all said and done, my schoolroom work area was thrashed. In all truthfulness, it wasn’t in great shape when I started the registration process, but it was chaotic when I was done.
Just fifteen minutes later, with one homemade peppermint mocha at hand (with whipped cream, thankyouverymuch), the desk was in good shape again. Yes, I still have a small pile of things to scan into Evernote for safe keeping and a couple of new issues of Taste of Home magazine to skim, but things are in MUCH better shape.
The mess seemed HUGE, but in just fifteen short minutes, things were put back into their proper places. The desk was cleared, sprayed and wiped clean, the mocha was sipped, and things were put back in an orderly fashion. In fact, when I went to the laundry room to get the spray and a cloth to clean my desk top, I folded a load of laundry, too.
You can accomplish a lot in just a very short amount of time. I wrote more about that in this post.
Is there a big job in your home that’s bugging you? Try setting a timer for fifteen minutes and see if you can make a dent in it. You might surprise yourself and finish the whole job in that length of time!