I have the worst tendency to bite off more than I can chew. You?
Here’s the problem with biting off more than you can chew – you usually let yourself down. Think about it. If you have a super long to do list in a day don’t you usually get your work / tasks for other people done first? I do. You don’t want to miss a deadline or let someone else down.
When I have to much too do I let myself down in the following ways:
- not posting to my blog
- skipping a workout
- eating junk food for a meal
- put off homework time
Coaches that specialize in running your own business will always tell small business owners to pay yourself first. This applies to anyone, no matter what the “jobs” are in your day.
When you schedule too many things in your day there’s less of a chance that you’ll “pay yourself.” This always stirs up negative feelings for me. I get mad, sad, resentful, feel guilty, feel overwhelmed.
Yesterday I bit off exactly as much as I could chew. Mind you, I was in a bit of a rush in the morning, but I did fit it all in. Now THIS feeling is exactly opposite to the ones I described above. When I get my entire to-do list done in a day I feel proud, relieved, and on top of the world.
Now I need to repeat this, again, and again, and again. Wish me luck
Speaking of chew – here are a few of the things I ate along my totally efficient day yesterday:
My breakfast was accompanied by a delicious juice box of vanilla almond milk. Is it just me or do beverages taste better in a juice box?
For lunch I made whole wheat pasta with tomatoes (not from the garden … yet!), basil (totally from the garden!), and bocconcini cheese.
When was the last time you got everything done that you wanted to in a day (or does this happen often for you)?
What do you think you need to adjust to make your day more efficient?
Do you pay yourself first, or do you leave the YOU tasks to the end or not at all?