“Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.” ~Patti Digh
Why put off until tomorrow what we can do today? To save our sanity that’s why! Sometimes I get this feeling, and I don’t know how to describe it, but my brain is going a billion miles per hour but I’m not getting a darn thing accomplished — other than thinking about all of the things I want to get accomplished today. Then I get even more frustrated because I’m not getting nearly enough done to be able to wipe my entire “to do” list for that particular day. Then the whole cycle starts over, franticly trying to be productive and becoming frustrated because I’m not getting everything I’ve decided to get done accomplished. It drives me crazy! (And you do know that the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome right?) So I think that this repetitive process is certifiably an act of craziness!
The good news is that I’ve determined that there is a problem. Now the trick is going to be to make changes in the way I approach my daily tasks to stop the insanity! The key to this I think, is going to be reducing the number of super important, have to be done today, items on my daily agenda. Stop trying to cram so much in to each day – I mean I’m pretty sure there are probably a couple of things that I can cross off my list each morning because while it would be nice to get it done, I have to ask myself, is it going to prevent me from accomplishing another more important task if I don’t do it or can it wait until later? If it’s not as big of a priority as I initially thought, it automatically goes to the “not necessarily today but sometime soon list”. Right there we’re eliminating some pressure to do more than the hours in the day allow.
I’m pretty organized most of the time (if you’re looking for organization tips, check out my post 5 Ways to Stay Organized In the Midst of Chaos), I just have reduce how much I try to do in a day and get that issue under control. I mean no matter how organized you are, there really is only so much you can do in a 24 hour period. Unfortunately, that’s the hardest thing for me to come to terms with because I want everything to be done NOW so I can say I’m caught up and can rest. The unfortunate truth is that I’ve become less productive, gotten no rest, and made more stress for myself by trying to do it all. Will this trick work? I don’t know but I really hope so and I think it’s a good start.
What do you do when you become overwhelmed and need to “reset” and get back into a less stressful, more productive rhythm? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!