You’re Not Meant To Do It All
It’s Monday, and already your week hasn’t gone as planned. You never ran that errand. Your laundry is still piled up in the basket. Your mail is in disarray on the counter. And worst of all, you missed your nail appointment (or maybe that’s me). You’re running yourself ragged trying to do it all, and you can’t. Here’s why: you’re not meant to do it ALL in ONE day.
One day isn’t enough.
I lived my life thinking that there’s was no way anything would get done unless I did it. And, of course, I must do it ALL right NOW. Not tomorrow. Not next week. TODAY. My responsibilities are somehow lumped into the current day’s To-Do-List and then spill over day-to-day.
When I have to stare at the same tasks day after day, I feel like a failure because I couldn’t accomplish my goals for ONE day.
The truth is, an entire page of things to do is TOO MUCH for one person to accomplish in one day. Now, I’m no underachiever. These days, I’m working non-stop between work and home life, even more, go-go-go with the pandemic. I must be productive, right? Yet, somehow, I’m unable to address even a quarter of the things on my list. Why is that? Because I have TOO MANY daily tasks.
To be productive and get things done, I limit my daily tasks to three items maximum. Too small of a number? You’ll never get anything done in a week? To that, I say, nonsense! You’re busy. You have distractions. And, sometimes, you want to just chill and veg out. You need to eat, and you need to relax. If you give yourself too many things to do in one day, that will NEVER happen. If you keep your mega daily list and only accomplish five out of the twenty items, you’ll still feel like a failure.
But what if you took those twenty items and spread them over the week? Does accomplishing three things a day seem to make more sense? See how you’ll reach your goal? Then if you do five, guess what? You’re a rock star! Wouldn’t it be better to feel like a rock star than a failure? See where I’m going with this?
Perspective Is Everything
Perspective is everything, and so is organization. Take it one week at a time. Sit down and make a list of all of your WEEKLY To-Dos. Then assign them a day and, if you’re like me, a time to focus on them. I promise you’ll get them done as planned and feel fantastic. It’s a win-win all around.
Let It Go
Of course, if something comes up, as it always does, and you get ZERO done on a particular day, let it go (like Elsa says). We all have off days. Just split your tasks across the rest of the week and, most importantly, don’t beat yourself up over it. You’re not a failure. You’re amazing. It’s time you started feeling like the rock star you are!
Comment if you’re willing to share your perspective. I’d love to hear from you!