Perfectionism often keeps us from getting things done. Here are practical tips that can make a hectic life manageable. Love yourself and be happy. ”I don’t want a perfect life, I want a happy life!”
When I was in my twenties, new to a busy teaching career and newly married, I remember having a conversation about housework with an older colleague. The conversation went something like this:
Me: How do you ever manage to get everything done? By the time I am finished my marking and course prep I can’t imagine coping with all the laundry and the dishes and the housecleaning…
Her: Well now, I just don’t go to bed until everything is done.
That was the last time I asked her for advice.
Instead, I opted to adopt the philosophy of housekeeping espoused by my great-aunt Molly.
My grandmother’s sister Molly was a creative woman who spent much of her adult life applying her creativity to managing a farm household with limited resources. Molly’s resourcefulness was of the variety that could turn a scoop of leftover chicken fat into melt-in-your mouth sugar cookies…
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