First, make sure all emails are answered and blog comments checked. This is a never ending job, so sometimes you just have to turn off the computer!
Another never ending job- laundry. So there is a basket folded, an accomplishment!! Forget about the piles in the bedroom for now.
Oops- we did say this was an unending job- when the washer stops, make sure to transfer the wet clothes to the dryer (or you will forget and leave the clothes so long that you will have to wash them again, and this is a big pain)
Take a quick look around and make sure that things are tidied up a bit....(a bit is a very broad term)
Don't worry about a little clutter, that is to be expected and can, in fact aid in the inspiration process (at times..... because at other times the clutter can REALLY get on your nerves)
Finally! Go and take the wrappers off of the canvas. The inspiration is flowing, The kids are down for naps, the email is checked (should I check again...there might be something important...NO, do not be fooled into checking the computer- now is the time to paint!), the laundry is done (Oh wait- did I just hear the dryer buzz??)
OH DEAR! The kids get up from their naps at 3:00. Make sure that you get your priorities straight tomorrow and start nap time off with email already checked and laundry done....no don't laugh, this is possible if you start the night before....
Quick, put some supper on to start cooking, that way when you get the kids occupied with their snacks, maybe, just maybe you can paint on those nice white canvases.
OK, snack is all ready. This is an important one. Because when you ignore the kids and just go on painting, this is liable to add more stress than you thought possible, and will make anymore painting impossible.
Alright, kids are occupied, supper is cooking, laundry is....waiting, email is piling up, the phone is ringing, the floor looks dirty, but all of this pales in comparison with the waiting canvas. The paint and inspiration are flowing. The colors, the verse, it is all taking you to a happy place. Just be sure to listen to the children and don't let supper burn.
Just one more minute! I have the perfect colors mixed! I can't leave the palette until I complete just one more thing....
But wait! These colors just might remind you of the inspiration board that you have been wanting to put up on the pantry doors....so while the kids are still occupied?? (they are quiet anyway) you can do a few things at once, so by all means, go ahead and spread out a few more craft supplies on the kitchen counters....
Start taping and arranging, this will take you to another happy place and you will have hundreds of ideas for painting this and that....uh oh- the kids are calling and the supper needs to be fixed and you probably didn't even finish the painting that has been started, Oh and the kitchen is a complete wreck.....
This is all OK, because you have effectively fit the painting into a busy schedule. You have not completed the painting...but you have painted, that is the main point, and as a bonus you have not burned the house down, and the kids are still alive! A very productive day.