It's the Super Bowl you guyyyyysssss!
Oh wait...that's right...I don't care.
Sorry not sorry. Let's just call it what it is.
I watch it for the commercials & Beyonce (bad native Texan that I am) plus it's an excuse to hang out with friends and pretend-watch sports.
Before I go do that though, I'm on Day 18 of The 21-Day Clear Mind, Clean Closet Challenge and here's what I'm talking about:
If you have a massive (unrealistic) to-do list every day and find that you never cross off enough line items to make you feel like you've gotten anything done today, enough.
Just enough. Pick 3 things on your to-do list. Do them. Then...celebrate.
Do something small for yourself, leave work fifteen minutes earlier than normal (or an hour), get the extra shot of vanilla in your latte, or just say "that is enough" until you believe it.
You got through the three things you set out to do. And even IF you don't get through all three, it is STILL enough. Sounds insane right?
Well...when we constantly feel like we're never doing enough it is a day to day beat down.
I am notorious for creating massive to-do lists that no one in their right mind would ever attempt doing in a 24 hour period. These epic to-do lists would wear me down, and by the end of the day, I couldn't see straight. I felt no sense of accomplishment and I wanted to just curl up into a ball and watch tv.
Which I did...
And then, I would get up and repeat this exercise in futility all over again until I decided to take a break (read: my roommate at the time stole my laptop from me as a means of intervention).
I realized 80% of what I had on my to-do list didn't get me closer to my big picture goals so I bubbled up the bigger tasks and put those front and forward.
Then, every time I would complete something, I went all Pavlov on myself and gave myself a reward. I made sure the rewards weren't always consumption based (food, shopping, wine, etc).
Instead, I would give myself 30 minutes to just walk around outside in the 70 degree sunny weather I was getting accustomed to. I would take time to call a friend I hadn't spoken with. I would nap, man I love power naps. And yes, sometimes I would buy that salted caramel gelato that tastes like what heaven feels like I'm pretty sure.
Of course, this would lead to the inevitable sugar-crash-cat-nap (on-cat nap that is).
Ok I'm back. Here's a good one:
Once I went through and cold called a list of two thousand editors about the new book I was launching (over the course of a week or so because again, it needs to be possible; one day would have killed me).
For every few editors I got to, I would eat a gummi bear. I know, I know, I said no food rewards but this one worked. Not that I advocate such blatant sugar consumption at ALL, but I'm not above it ok? Ok.
The bottom line is, I would mix it up but always start to try and celebrate the small accomplishments.
The more I focused on the accomplishments, the less stress I would feel. The less stress I felt, the more I could do creatively.
Focusing on what I did accomplish and not just what I didn't get to lightened the load enough for me to start to see more and more what I could keep on and what I should take off my to-do list.
So I ask you, what are your BIG 3 tasks that you're going to do today?
Or actually, write them out tonight and go into tomorrow with this fire lit.
1. FILL ME IN.
2. YEA ME TOO.
3. C'MON, ONE MORE, YOU CAN DO IT I SWEAR.
Night before planning, especially when you need to know what to wear, is the best thing ever.
When you finish your BIG 3, celebrate in a small way. Actually, think of how you'll celebrate the night before as well. Why not?
And when you DO cross those to-do's off that list, you'll feel good. But when you celebrate a little bit, you'll feel better. And eventually, you'll feel like you can do anything. You'll feel like you really CAN be a backup dancer for Beyonce:
Delusions of Beyonce grandeur aside, giving yourself a little pat on the back for small steps towards a big goal is always a good thing.
Give it a shot, and if you want to take it to the closet, pick 3 items this week you're going to let go of.
You don't need an entire donation pile, just 3 things.
Then, once you drop them off at a local shelter or Goodwill, or wherever, do something sweet for yourself.
Why not right?
Day 18, that's enough for now thank you very much.
BWIT, off to watch some of that foosball stuff.
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