Confessions from a tired mum – I can’t finish anything

Since becoming a parent my to-do list seems to have no end. And, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t get through it all. So, perhaps it’s unsurprising that lately I’ve been noticing that I can’t finish a single task. I start a job but I just can’t seem to finish it before getting distracted by another. This poem is all about my struggles with juggling.

I can’t juggle

I used to be so organised. I could keep everything on track.
But since becoming a mum I have a problem I can’t sack.

I try my best to juggle all the jobs I have to do.
But with so many balls to juggle some just keep on slipping through.

I’m a real half-job Harry. An I’ll-get-to-it-later Lou.
Because I’m trying to do too much. There’s too many jobs for me to do.

The clean washing never makes it to the wardrobe. Instead it’s piled on the spare bed.
Socks unmatched and clothes half stacked until it’s time to get dressed.

And they’re the clothes that actually make it out of the washing machine.
Some get washed two or three times before I remember that they’re clean.

The dishes get washed but it’s not often they get put away.
Instead they stay on the drainer until they’re used another day.

I can’t even finish my lunch or drink a full cup of tea,
Without getting distracted and leaving it until it’s too cold for me.

I can’t remember the last time I finished watching a movie.
I try but I get distracted or fall asleep in front of the tv.

I’ll read a text from a friend but completely forget to answer.
There’s half written emails in my drafts that I keep saying I’ll get to later.

The balls just keep on dropping. I really don’t know why.
I just can’t seem to finish anything no matter how hard I try.

Letters sit unopened in piles on the kitchen side,
Waiting for me to have the time to get them filed and organised.

I have half-written blog posts and unfinished poems galore.
Probably destined to stay in my drafts, incomplete forevermore.

I started writing a book. I made it to chapter three.
But the rest still hasn’t made it to paper. It’s just committed to memory.

And then there’s the book I started reading, many moons ago now.
Waiting for me to pick it back up, I’ll find the time somehow.

I’ve stripped a door of paint. It’s now an awful shade of blue.
Waiting for me to have the time to sand it and paint it too.

I’ve started clearing out my wardrobe. There’s lots of clothes in piles.
Waiting for me to donate it to charity – I’ll get to it in a while.

There’s a pile of junk in the hallway waiting to make it to the attic.
But it’ll probably still be ages before it actually makes the trip.

I have the best intentions. I promise that is true.
But with so many balls to juggle some will just keep on slipping through.

Do you struggle to juggle all the jobs you have to do? Please tell me I’m not the only one! Let me know in the comments below.

21 thoughts on “Confessions from a tired mum – I can’t finish anything

  1. Can really relate, so many things to do, so little time to do them, And I get what you mean about the drainer! Totally do the same xx
    Great work! Reminds me, must blog! xx

  2. Oh you are not alone! As a mum of six (oldest are 11) i realised about seven years ago that i was incapable of finishing anything. I just embrace it now….enjoy the maddness and dont put deadlines or expectations on yourself. The maddness will dissapear before you knoow it and the kids will be gone. We willl have loads of time to finish jobs but ceave the crazy half-arsed days 😘

  3. I can absolutely relate! I just seem to walk around my house in circles finding things to do and then finding another thing that’s more important, so I leave the last thing and round and round we go! You are not alone! Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam. x

  4. #thesatsesh As always your poems never disappoint…however, I have a confession – I can’t multitask and have never been able to…this means more balls dropped since becoming a Mummy (ops). Its true, you aren’t alone and the struggle / washing basket overflowing is real.

  5. I absolutely can relate, this is me. I made the effort this week to sort through a load of things around the house and it took me a whole day to get through it and I do feel better for it. But still I have so many things half finished. I get part way through doing one thing and remember I have something else to do and then stop and do something else! #blogstravaganza

  6. Sometimes I feel a real sense of overwhelm, like there really aren’t enough hours in the day. I love feeling organised, but often there’s just so much to do to get on top of things! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  7. This is me too! If I wash the dishes its a miracle… who has time to dry them when the air can do it instead?haha! I try and chip away at it all but just resign myself to the fact that not everything shall get done. Not enough hours in the day! Thank you for linking up with the Honeybee linky lovely! Hope to see you next time! Xxx

  8. This is so true! I think this happens to all of us once we become parents. I am always finding half drunk cups of tea around the house lol.

  9. Before i say anything else I just have to say, I had pressed the like and follow buttons by the time I’d reached the second line lol. This is so my life at the moment. It was manageable when I only had 2 children but now that there’s 3 I’ve found that everyday I just seem to be drowning in more and more tasks! I love how you’ve put this into a poem also 🙂

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