Today I had an "aha" moment. I finally figured out why I can't get everything done I plan to during the day. It was an epiphany!!
It dawned on me when I realized it takes me two-and-a-half hours to put away groceries. I had always thought it only took about 15 minutes! Silly me. Now seriously, how can I be expected to manage my time when my perception of how long it takes to do things is so off?
I know what you're thinking: How could it possibly take over two hours to put away groceries? Well, I'll tell you.
I brought the groceries into the house around 3:30 pm. Included in the groceries were some frozen entrees and fruit. When I went to put those items away, I discovered there was no room for them. I hadn't cleaned out the freezer since ... well let's just say it's been awhile. So I decided this was the ideal time. Once it was cleared out, of course it was the opportune time to clean the shelves.
Since I was cleaning the freezer shelves, it just made sense to clear out the refrigerator and clean those shelves too. Turns out there were a lot of jars hiding in the back of the shelves that needed to be thrown out. Things like almost empty jam and pickles, and roasted red peppers packed in olive oil. You know when you only need a few roasted peppers for a recipe, but you have to buy that big jar? You keep the jar in the fridge, sure that you will use them for something else, and besides,they last forever. Turns out I don't use roasted red peppers as often as I probably could--maybe because they're pushed way back in the corner and I forget they are there. And guess what? They don't actually last forever.
After clearing out the refrigerator and freezer, I had a big bag of garbage, so I took it out to the garbage bin which is in the garage. While I was out in the garage, I decided to look around to see if I could find a box the right size for the care package I'm putting together for my son. I didn't find one, but I did find some tools that needed to be put away. I put those away, and decided that since I was out there, I might as well put the second coat of stain on the top of a dresser I'm working on.
Right as I was about to go back inside, our neighbor's dog came running down the driveway. That meant she had broken through her electric fence again. So I grabbed one of the dog leashes by the door, gave her a few belly rubs, then took her back home. On my way back home I noticed some weeds growing along the driveway, and I stopped to pull a few up.
I made it back to the kitchen and saw that I still had to put away the grocery items that go in the pantry. I finished that up, looked at the clock--and it said 6 pm.
Two-and-a-half hours to put away groceries! This explains everything!
Have a great week!