Today I wanted to share this coffee table with you guys. Is it a new project? Nope. I’m pretty sure I took these pictures in early spring. But I got distracted. And the only thing that made me think of it is that my hubby and I made a couple more tables like this one to sell at The Found Cottage and I wasn’t going to share them on the blog because I thought I already had! How crazy is that?! I had styled and taken the photos months ago and then never posted about it. Hmmm, sound familiar? That seems to be happening a lot to me lately. I have been soooo distracted lately. Being a work-from-home-mom continues to teach me so much. I am absolutely the kind of person that “needs” a boss. I’m a really good worker, but I thrive off of having an agenda and someone to report to. Do I have either of those things at home? Nope! But I do love this job and I so want to make it work, so I’m slowly learning how to make those things happen on my own. I’ve learned that I really need to focus. And not only focus, but choose wisely what I’m focusing on. I don’t need to spend a bunch of time on unimportant tasks. I need to be spending the majority of my time on the things that will move me forward. I think the biggest thing that distracts me is just everyday life. The puppy needs to go out. The kids want a snack. Dinner needs to be made. Dishes need to be washed. The kids are fighting over something trivial. But this is life. It’s constantly moving. I’m learning to be able to take those moments and do the “life stuff” and then turn it off and work. But it’s so hard for me to separate the two. They’re so intermingled. Especially when part of what I blog about is my life! So, right now the things I’m working on making this situation a little better and not letting edited pictures sit on my computer without a post written about them for 4 months is time blocking and writing my to-do list down instead of trying to keep it in my head. Sometimes I just need to tell the kids they can’t bug me for 25 minutes while I work. I mean, sometimes I just NEED to get things done. If an emergency comes up, that’s fine, but I can commit to 25 minutes and they can spend that time with each other or even watching tv or playing iPads. It’s not THAT much time! And the to-do list is already helping me a ton! My brain is constantly “on” and I’m always thinking about the 856,457 things I need to get done. I’ll never do them all. I’ve (mostly) come to terms with that. But the more I write down, the more I can remember that I actually have things to check off my list. Somehow, when I don’t have a list, I’m just in this flailing sea of “I have so much to do, but don’t know where to start”. I hate that feeling of being overwhelmed, so the list will help me stay focused on the important things. Third and totally not least, is that I need to remove the distraction of texts/email notifications/social media. At least while I’m actually working, those things need to be silenced so I can’t be distracted by them. But the more I think about it, those things really need to be silenced more often than not. I let myself get wrapped up in this text or that notification and it throws me off my game. It changes what I was thinking about and then I sometimes can’t get back on track. It’s all such a big learning process, but I can tell just a few weeks into our new schedules, things are starting to take shape. There will be lots of trial and error along the way, but I’m up for the challenge. I do love this life I get to live and I’m willing to at least try to make it all work!