I spent last week as a “traditional working mom.” Objectively, the week went really well, so I couldn’t figure out why I was so exhausted when I got home each day. All I wanted to do was crash on my bed myself with a good book–at 5:30 p.m. That’s not normal for me.
My normal life is pretty demanding, too. I spend my days writing and homeschooling my kids, wrangling little mischief-makers, and working at the very same office where I worked all last week.
It took me 4 or 5 days to figure out what I was missing.
When I’m at work, I usually shut myself up in my office and do my thing. I work independently and rarely pick up the phone. But I was filling in for a honeymooning coworker, and a big part of her job is to talk on the phone all day long. And I hate talking on the phone. This is fairly common for introverts like me.
I felt like I talked all day long. No wonder I felt drained.
Realizing why I felt so wiped out made me realize how well I’ve structured my regular, everyday life: We have book basket time. We listen to audiobooks. I’ve gotten some homeschool help to take the load off me, so I can focus individually on each child (and keep the noise level down). We have two hours of quiet time every afternoon where no one talks.
But last week at the office, I felt like I spent all day on the phone–without any breaks for book basket time, or an audiobook. I definitely didn’t get 2 peaceful hours of quiet time.
Last week was draining because I was off routine, and putting out fires, but it took me a week to figure out that it was also hard because the schedule didn’t suit my temperament.
I learned a lot of things from my week as a “working mom,” but my most important lesson may have been what I was doing right in my everyday life.
Is there anybody else out there who feels completely drained by the telephone?