Have you ever wondered why it seems as if there is not enough time in the day? It passes by so quickly, that I feel like I didn’t get anything done. I’m left disappointed, wondering what happened. Today was one of those days, it was my daughter’s bed time before I even realized it. I wanted more time; more time to finish my never ending tasks and more time with her.
At first glance, the day was unproductive, and of course, my thoughts immediately went to …”What did I get done today?”, my answer, “Nothing, that’s what!” I usually come down pretty hard on myself, and about this time, my self talk slips right into negativity.
Negativity, or having a negative attitude, is uncomfortable for me. How do I get there so fast? It’s subtle and hard to see, but I’m getting better at noticing the patterns and correcting my thinking. I enjoy having an attitude of gratitude it brings joy from the smallest thing.
On days like today when I’m left feeling, overwhelmed, I have a tool that I use to check my perception with reality. It’s very simple, I make a list of the things that I did get done. That can be a real eye opener. The “list” doesn’t have to be a “real” list, you know like a tangible thing that you hang on the refrigerator door to remember a task or appointment. I just need to think about the day, and mentally go through my accomplishments ……then I get tired! Not really, but it doesn’t take long for me to realize that I definitely was NOT unproductive! It puts things right back into perspective and can change my whole perception of the day in just a moment.
Today I was very productive! I won’t make a list for you, but I’m tired just thinking about it!.