a tiny dent in my to-do list...
|note to self...|
I feel like I'm rambling on about to-do lists so much these days. It's just that I'm ever so determined to make my schedule work for me, so I'm a bit consumed by time and task management. I'm hoping to find a way to balance substitute teaching, tutoring, art making and my daily creative, business growing, maintaining healthy relationships and taking time to keep myself healthy. I'm just going to keep at it until my values guide me in a different (or more focused) direction, but it's going to take a lot of self-discipline and breaking of some bad habits.
I am an expert list maker. I am also notorious for getting burned out right after making my to-do list. Rather than prioritizing, I practice procrastinating. My lack of productivity makes me feel guilty and that just stresses me out even more. The stress causes mind clutter, which is so not conducive to creativity! It is a vicious cycle I've been battling with most of my adult life. I obviously need some coaching in this area and am seeking out the resources, but today, my little sign made me realize something useful. At the very moment I begin freaking out and getting overwhelmed about my unmanageable, self-imposed grand master list of to-dos, I should just pick one thing I can do that very moment and do it!
"Keep calm and make stuff" doesn't have to just mean crafty stuff, it can mean making things happen, taking small action steps towards our goals, making dents in our to-do lists, tackling one small part of a big project. I just need to keep calm in the moment and continue to participate in creating my happiness instead of opting to do nothing when I get overwhelmed. The hope is that one thing on the list leads to another and maybe I get a few things done that day. This will feel so great that I'll be motivated to keep on keepin' on...without the unnecessary stress.