Smart Work

This Saturday’s child is in over her head.  My to-do list is a cruel master and I suffer under its watchful eye.  Last week, I felt overwhelmed, inadequate, like I’ll never catch up.  With so much to do, I felt like I didn’t do anything well.

This is exactly the kind of thinking that adds a greater burden to work than necessary.  I focus on what I don’t get done and fail to count what I do.  I also fail to plan.  This has got to stop.

I’m working too hard but don’t have enough to show for it.

First, I have to eliminate those things that eat up time but don’t contribute to my over all well-being, such as:

Online games


Clutter (inner and outer)


Eating for comfort and recreation

Lack of exercise (this is already a negative so eliminating a negative requires a positive.)

As I write this, I keep stopping to do something else.  This topic hits too close to home.  My office/sewing room is a bit too cluttered and I’m having a time focusing on one-thing-at-a-time.  I’ve got a handful of receipts sitting here that are begging to be carried to the shred bin but I’m doing my best to resist.

Now, that I know what I need to eliminate, what am I going to put in place to help me be more efficient?  Hmm. . .

1.) Creating a work and play schedule

2.) Committing to the schedule

3.) Building in rewards

I actually think it may be that simple.  Of course, if creating and committing to a schedule came easily to me, I’d have done it by now.  I’m more free spirit but I’m also done with the feeling of guilt that follows me around like a bad odor when I don’t get things completed.  Guilt interferes with satisfaction and it’s simply got to go.

I’ve got work to do.



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