Q of the Week : Do you ever feel caught up?

Do you ever feel caught up?

I’ve been trying for ages to arrange a coffee date with a girlfriend I haven’t seen in months.  Below is a snippet of our last exchange:

(me) no i didn’t get out, been swamped and feeling rather
overwhelmed this week with work and not enough time to fit it in.

(d) oh, how I know the feeling! 

Sound familiar?  I spend so much of my life feeling swamped and behind, and it feels nasty.  I know a lot of it is about unrealistic expectations (dusting anyone?!), and some of it is just the endless mountain of daily requirements to keep the household functional.  I know from past posts that I’m certainly not the only one that does the majority of the day-to-day organization and I’ve mentioned before how unrealistically high I tend to set the bar for myself.  These things don’t help either!

Some days are better than others, but I only feel “caught up” about 10% of the time.   The other measure is that I feel like I’m on a hamster wheel about 40% of the time, and the other half is just average days that where I never get done what I hoped, but I don’t beat myself up about it. 

And you?  Please share your answer in the comments.