We all have those days you just don’t feel you did enough. You have a giant to-do list, and unexpected things keep popping up and you’re just not getting through that list like you thought you had, like you planned on. It happens, but it can make us feel like failures.
Here’s 6 things to remember for those days you just don’t feel you did enough.
- You’re only one person. Yeah, I know people are out there saying that you and Beyonce both have 24 hours in a day. Well, technically, that is true, but Beyonce has a professional driver, chef, maid, personal assistant, and nanny, last time I checked, unless you have her money, odds are you don’t have any of that. I think I’d get more done too if I didn’t have to cook, clean, or plan out my day myself. So cut yourself some slack.
- Take it one task at a time. I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed by all that I need to accomplish in a day, I sometimes jump from one task to another, never actually completing anything. So sure, I start my to-do list, but I never get to check anything off at the end of the day. That can definitely make me feel like I didn’t get enough done in a day, since nothing got completed. So instead of bouncing around from task to task, start at the top of your list, and only move on when a task is completely finished.
- Take a minute to breathe. Having a giant to-do list looming over you can definitely make you feel stressed, and for most people, stress ultimately works against us. So take a minute to yourself. I know, you don’t have time to get it all done, and now I want you to take time to breathe? I must be crazy. But I promise you, it’s for your well-being.
- Get a good night’s rest. It’s so much harder to get stuff done when you’re trudging through that list on about 3 hours of sleep. For most people, it just doesn’t work, and even though you think you’re getting more done by staying up late, odds are you’re going to be more distracted, less sharp, and not be able to work as quickly, so you actually lose that time you thought you were making up.
- Eat the frog. Weird saying, right? But it means, when you get up in the morning, knock out that big task that you have looming over you. If you get it done right away, you will feel more energized and more able to get the smaller stuff done throughout the day, rather than procrastinating your day away avoiding that big task.
- Write down everything you did accomplish. Maybe you weren’t able to get to the grocery store or you didn’t get a chance to vacuum the house. But I bet you will feel better if you write down all that you did get done. I love to-do lists, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes rather than helping me, they just make me feel bummed when I don’t get as much done. Usually, that’s because unexpected things came up that weren’t accounted for on the list. If you write down all of those on a task-completed list, you may feel better about your day.
Just keep in mind, you’re not alone with your struggle. We all have days where things just don’t go according to plan, and we don’t accomplish what we needed to. It happens, it’s all a part of this crazy thing we call life. But just because it didn’t happen that day, doesn’t mean you don’t have tomorrow. Each sunrise is a new day where you can accomplish new goals. But don’t beat yourself up if you weren’t able to cook that gourmet meal and you have to just order in. Balancing a job, working out, having a social life, getting enough sleep, and getting everything that needs to be done done, is not an easy task. Just make sure you get the important stuff done, the stuff you need for your physical and mental health, and you’ll be good.