I was listening to a podcast recently where this statement was thrown out and completely made so much sense to me.
"We don't NEED to do anything. That is the perk of being an adult. We can choose to do something but we don't NEED to do anything." She went on to talk about how many of us say " I have a million things to do" . Actually if you wrote them all out and downsized them to the most important things, there would probably be five things to do. We can all do those five things right? Imagine the weight that is taken off when you minimize the millions of things that you HAVE to do , to only five. Life changing right?
If we all look at our lives, we will see the housework, relationship work, parenting, pet parenting, self love . At any given time, if we jumble that all together we will ALWAYS have a million things to do. Pick from each category and assign something to yourself for each day.
- Clean one room, not the whole house.
- Spend a little extra time with your spouse, maybe 15 minutes outside watching the sunset
- Prioritize your task list at work, I'm sure you can extend some and weed out others.
- Take 10-15 minutes extra each night to go over your kids day
Look where you can condense things. Spend the two hours that your son is at football walking around the fields and listening to a book. Spend less time on social media and more time in the real world.
Comma is introducing some exciting new blog articles and I have countless magazine submissions. Instead of sitting at my desk, worrying about laundry and waiting for ideas to come tumbling into my head and out on the keyboard, I minimized my "to do" list. I hopped in the car and went straight for the beach. Two hours of listening to the waves, walking the shore and watching the sun bounce off of the water was all I needed to recharge my brain. In these two hours I reflected on where I am , where I want to be and how far I've come. I was able to clear my head and make space for the drafts that have to be sent and clients that are so very important to me. Those two beach hours were such an inspiration and a blessing. If I chose to stay in my office, it would have most probably been a very unproductive two hours.
So I say stop, reevaluate and maybe say "no" a bit more so that the "yes's" are quality and not quantity.
On my way home from the beach, I saw this boat in a sea of yellow flowers. I was compelled to stop and take a photo. Even thought the boat isn't at sea, it is surrounded by waves of beauty. We all should learn to adapt a bit and embrace change and simplicity.