Yet I know I will never get it all done.
I try to focus on priorities. At work that is what is funded, or likely to keep us in the good graces of the powers to be gets done first. What have I promised others I would do needs doing. My personal passion projects tend to sink to the bottom of the pile. At home, what is essential? I stopped making my bed decades ago. Why bother? I don't care if it looks neat, it is my space.
I set aside at least half of every weekend, to do whatever I feel like doing. Take a long walk, write for the blog, take photos, read, lay on the bed. I have returned to the office 2 or 3 days a week. Traffic and parking are nuts, so I am back riding the subway. That give me an hour a day of reading time, my time, on the trains, immersed in whatever I am reading. I LOVE IT. I missed it.
I know when I am reading, I could be reading office emails, or drafting the press release that I am a couple of weeks behind on. What is important will get done, and forget the rest. My epitaph should read, "he did what was most important, but he still had things he wanted to do."
Tom Hopkins was a sales and motivational trainer in the 1980's. He taught that your should be thinking, "I must do the most productive thing possible at every given moment." And "Sometimes the most productive thing to do, is sit on the beach drinking a fruity drink." Why because we all need recharge time. Time for our brains to shift into neutral, time for our bodies to do something different. At times he struggled for balance in his life, as he was training others to be more productive professionals, he tried to teach us to seek balance.
Forget about getting it all done, and take time this weekend to do nothing, or do only things you are passionate about. And be honest, house cleaning and laundry are not really your passions.
I think I’d like Tom Hopkins.ReplyDelete
I checked he is still alive, living between Scottsdale and a house in the mountains.Delete
So the Subway train wheels have been fixed now? Get a cleaner. I am sure you can afford it.ReplyDelete
The subway is back to about 50% still only using the old cars. I am too stingyDelete
And, sadly, I'm one of those people for whom someone else's cleaning would never be done to my satisfactioon. I am working on that...Delete
And I am too stingy, they want $40 an hour here.Delete
Trouble is, when you get everything done, then what do you do.ReplyDelete
I have seen it happen, more often it becomes there are things they would love to do, but can't do , and life becomes boring.Delete
You're absolutely right. No one can do it all. But I've gotten some stuff off my "to do list" since I retired. The pandemic's enforced isolation helped too since I had nothing else to do. But there will always be some items that will just never happen. And I'm fine with that!ReplyDelete
Keep having fun, and doing what you are passionate aboutDelete
You certainly got that right. I have no passion for housework. I tend to do it in bits and pieces. Dusting is on my list for this weekend. I'll get to it soon.ReplyDelete
My room will be dusty when I die, oh well,Delete
A lesson I am slowly learning. Great post.ReplyDelete
Thanks, I tryDelete
Wise words - ones I don't often remember. I want 'to get it all done' and when I try the gods set it up to remind me it is not humanely possible.ReplyDelete
Relax and enjoy!Delete