“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, originally uploaded by Harry Hunt.
Do you ever have those days (or weeks, or lives!) where the list of things you want to accomplish just seems to overwhelm you to the point of paralyis? Yeah, me too…
After living in the Twilight Zone last week, and all the crap life threw my way, I finally made a little progress on some things this weekend. It felt good to get moving on projects again, but something odd happens to me when I get busy- I find myself overwhelmed with ideas. Ideas for new projects generally, and I get frustrated (and then slowed down) by the thought that I have more ideas than time. This feeling worsens when technical difficulties or some other of life’s little annoyances slow me down. I forget sometimes that even little bits of progress count because they’re just that- progress.
So this week, when thoughts of what needs to be done overwhelm you, remember to breathe, Little Acorn, and know that each bit of progress is part of a forest of accomplishments that you’re creating. Instead of focusing on what you don’t get done each day on your “To Do” list, try writing down what you DO accomplish. Let’s call it a “Did Do” list. Besides providing some positive reinforcement, it allows you to see what you’re realistically capable of, thereby helping you to set achievable goals for yourself. Let me know how it works out for you, or if you have any other suggestions to keep from feeling overwhelmed.
Here’s to a great week!