EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
What she can and can’t accomplish in a day…
And a year…
– Pamela Redmond Satran
The quote above could have been written for me.
Every day, I think of so many things that really can benefit from my time and attention, and when I list them out, it seems reasonable to stretch for more, and then a little more, and then even more…
And it’s almost universally too much.
So, for the rest of this year, which has presented me at least a mountain range of things to do in addition to the things I was already doing (and made some things that had consumed a great deal of my energy suddenly irrelevant), I am going to shift my focus and make my first steps toward acquiring some vital information…
I need to learn where my personal limits are:
What can I accomplish in an hour?
What can I accomplish in a day?
What can I accomplish in a week?
What can I accomplish in a month?
What can I accomplish in a season?
What can I accomplish in a year?
But those questions feel like I’m asking myself “how much can I squeeze in?” And, reading that list up there, I feel the same old tension, the same slight edge of panic that I will never get to it all, or be doing enough.
I think that’s where the problem is. Looking at it this way puts me in checklist mode. I need to tip my head, look at it sideways, upside down, maybe even through funhouse mirrors, binoculars, microscopes, 3D glasses, or stained glass…
I need a different angle, and new shadings.
And so the noodling begins…
I need to see not how much I can get done, but to figure out what is most important to get done:
For my children
For our animal companions
For our home
For my wider circle of family and friends
For professional development
Aha! Now I think I’m on to something. There’s kind of an order here – maybe the beginnings of a priority list?
My next post will deal with just this – how to set newer and saner priorities. Look for it at the end of the week, in this space!