There’s so much pressure to get it all done.
Do you feel it?
The manic rushing to complete the project.
That feeling that you’re missing something, that you’ve dropped the ball.
Lying awake in the middle of the night mentally adding to your already heavily loaded to-do list.
Feeling guilty for working when you want to be at your kid’s soccer game.
Working weeknights and weekends trying to catch up on what you weren’t able to get to that day.
Crashing and burning at the end of the day.
Feeling pressured to add a new, potentially significant, but time-intensive project to your already overloaded plate.
Making excuses for why you weren’t able to meet the deadline to which you committed.
Feeling defeated and guilty for not meeting the deadline to which you committed.
The idea of getting it all done is a myth. When you buy into it, you’ll continue to rush, spin your wheels, feel like you’re falling further and further behind, and beat yourself up for how much you’re NOT getting done.
There is another way.
The first thing is recognizing that you’ll never get it all done. There will always be more – more meetings, appointments, tasks, ideas, errands – to add to your list. And although they may be necessary parts of everyday life, they are not the things that will help you create the life you want. I would argue they are keeping you from it.
The second thing is to commit to putting your priorities front and center, where they belong and give them the attention they so richly deserve.
Breathe that in. What would it be like to spend consistent time on the things that will help you create the life you want? Important projects. Top priorities. Family and relationships. You.
Give it a try.
And, keep in touch. I’d love to hear about your experience as you arrange your days around what you want.
Enjoy your discoveries!
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P.P.S. Know someone who would find this note helpful? Forward it along to them so they too can let go of the idea that they’ll get it all done!