Many of us live very complicated lives today. We are always in a hurry, but where exactly are we going? Every day we rush to work, rush home, rush to eat, rush to meetings, rush to take our kids somewhere – rush, rush, rush! We try to accomplish way more in a day than we possibly can and it just results in stress and frustration.
Until a few years ago, I lived my life on the fast track. Every minute of every day had to be full of activity or I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. I was the typical ‘superwoman’, trying to fit 60 hours into 24 hours and I was never successful. After working a full day, cooking meals, cleaning the house, doing laundry, chauffeuring the kids, looking after pets, going to meetings and so on, I didn’t have any time left for myself. My own health was neglected because I was so busy looking after everyone else.
I now realize that my to-do lists were way too long and not even realistic. Nobody could have possibly accomplished the tasks that I expected to do in just one day. After burning out a few times, I started to take a closer look at my lists and really began thinking about each item. What really needed to be done that day? What could I do another day? What could I just not do at all?
Taking the time to think helped me realize that a lot of those “important’ tasks were not really important at all. I had just convinced myself that they were all necessary or I wasn’t doing my job as a wife and mother. Of course, society is a big culprit by pressuring us to do more and do it as quickly as possible.
Now I simplify my life by making shorter to-do lists, reviewing them and crossing off anything that isn’t important for that day. If it needs to be done, it gets done. If it can wait until another day, I write it down on the next day’s list. If it is something that isn’t even important, I cross it right off. Now my life is a lot less stressful and I can actually enjoy some quiet, alone time every day. It’s a good idea to include some personal time on your daily to-do list.
What is on your to-do list?
What can you put off until another day?
What can you totally avoid doing?
Do you have some personal time on your to-do list?