Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all your tasks? You make a little progress but you don’t get anywhere near as much done as you feel you should? It’s the story of my life. I like to keep busy. I am finishing up my masters degree (enrolled in nine credit hours), editing my thesis, preparing an hour-long recital, working three jobs, and trying to have a semblance of a social life. Needless to say, I’m overly ambitious – and possibly crazy.
Each week, I make a to-do list and probably accomplish two-thirds of it. There just isn’t enough time! Unless I don’t want to sleep…but this girl loves to sleep.
So how are we supposed to cope with failing to get everything done?
* Hint: keep reading 😛 *
Some weeks I feel guilty that I can’t accomplish everything. “Maybe if I didn’t take that Netflix break, grab dinner with friends, or go on that date, I could have finished everything…” Well, that’s not fair. We all deserve to take breaks – to live life.
Other weeks, I am too tired to care – which isn’t cool either. We shouldn’t work ourselves into the ground. That’s how you get burnt out or sick. And as you all know, I do not promote getting sick. I worked myself too hard and got an auto-immune disease. Not fun. (Read about that here) We don’t have to be productive 24/7. It is okay to not finish everything in one day. When I struggle with my ability to accomplish tasks quickly, I remember this quote:
It is better to do a tiny amount of work than nothing at all. Even if you don’t get it all done, the work you did do will add up to success.
You don’t have to do it all today.
Take your time and get it right. Do things at your own healthy pace. Focus on quality not quantity. Do things right the first time. Do a good job and be proud of your work – even if it takes longer.
The number of hours in the day won’t change. You will always have twenty-four hours; no more, no less. Use the time wisely. Whenever I successfully create my time-machine or time-turner (for all you Harry Potter fans out there), you all will be the first people I share it with. 😛 Well….maybe my family first, then y’all – I’ve known them longer. Anyway, take advantage of the time you do have.
Work hard but remember to play hard as well. Life is short. Yes, you need to be an adult and be productive but you also owe it to yourself to be a kid-at-heart sometimes. To let loose and enjoy life. Give yourself a time-frame to work with. Be productive for 8 hours of the day, sleep for 8, and have fun for 8. Or 10 of work, 8 of zz’s, and 6 of friend-time. Whatever you want.
Be productive but remember to live your life. This goes off of the previous point but I felt it should be said again.
If you take away one thing from this installment of Motivational Monday, let it be this:
Make a little progress today, a little tomorrow, and a little the next day. In the end, it will add up to greatness.
You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. I believe in each and every one of you.
Share your goals with me in the comments. I’d love to support all of you.
If you need extra motivation this week, make sure to check out the other installments of Motivational Monday: