The 100 Day Challenge, Day 16:
Okay, the kids went back to school today- I had mixed feelings as we had a GREAT summer, but I am totally embracing getting to work in a more focused way. I had many projects that I had put on hold in June, just tending to the highest priority items- taking good care of my current clients was at the top of the list.
So, today came and I was READY! Networking meeting first thing, and then a long list of things to do, finish, start, re-start- whew! I was determined to get it all done today and just get rolling again! It is now almost 5:00- I am feeling a little like I just ran a race today that I couldn’t possibly win! Yes, I did accomplish quite a lot and I do feel like I got (somewhat) back on track, but what I am thinking about right now is that pacing yourself is always a good thing! Especially when you are going into something big, having a SENSIBLE plan that pushes you just enough, but now over the overwhelming edge is SMART! It’s like building your muscles again when they haven’t been used quite so strenuously in a while. If you work them to exhaustion the first day, you may not be able to use them again for a week! Not to mention the pain. Reaching goals takes steady perseverance.
While you are pacing yourself, take time to be nice to yourself, too. While I was busy being frustrated by the small number of tasks that I crossed off my list, I was totally missing what I had accomplished. Some of them were lengthy and had been put aside for a long time. Take the time to acknowledge what you have done.
For tomorrow, I will make a smaller, more essential list to look at and work on- no I won’t throw away the longer list, but I will just put it out of sight. I know that pacing myself tomorrow will make for a much more enjoyable day- and who wants to set themselves up for an unenjoyable day? Not me!