Do you ever get stuck in situations where people ask you to do things and without really thinking about it you just blurt out "Yes." Then, you can't go back and answer differently and sometimes after the first "yes" 5 additional "yes" answers just fly out too.
No?? Good for you.
I seem to do this all the time. It's like I can't help it. There is something seriously wrong with me. (Well, I think we established long ago that was the case, so just add this to the list.)
"Can you help with this project?" Yes.
"Can you take care of my kids?"Yes.
"Want to volunteer for this?" Yes.
"Can you make 4 dozen cupcakes and bring by in the morning?" Yes.
"Mom, can you wipe my bum?" Yes.
"Will you donate for my sister's best friend's cousin's brother's school funraiser? The money goes to help the school and the children learn infinite wisdom and knowledge to help them be productive members of society?" Yes. Absolutely Yes.
"What ideas do you have for this fundraiser?" Blah, blah, blah. "Great. Will you do them all and then when you finish I will add more?" Yes.
I answered a big, fat "YES" to heading the silent auction and raffle for Mini #1's Spring Fling Carnival fundraiser.
This, just like the "Room Mom" task turned out to be a much bigger, more time consuming, and stressful job than I thought it would be.
It is like a snowball effect...I say "yes" to a certain task, then I say "yes" again, I get anxiety about the whole thing because I want it to be perfect, then I obsess and work my bum off to get it finished while perhaps venting some frustrations or obstacles once or twice to my BFF or Mr. and then I'm always happy with how it finally turns out and then say "yes" again as soon as someone wants me to do something else. Saga continues.
There is 4 weeks left to the "big day" and just when I think that I have the big things check off my list, 254 more pop in to my head or someone gives me a list. Then, there are several details and little things that can't be done until closer to the day.
My dear blog friend, Jillian has written more than once about how she has perfected the "no" in the Just Say No campaign against unnecessary and incessant volunteering.
I need to take lessons from her.
Perhaps I should see a doctor. Surely there must be a magical, happy little pill that can assist me with this small problem.
I need to finish up some flyers for the raffle before I take Mini #1 to school this morning. Ahhhh.