Today, a moment of self-reflection…
Reading The Happiness Project has really caused me to stop and think about my everyday life and how I go about it.
One realization I’ve made as a result is the importance of the phrase “strive for progress, not perfection.”
As the obsessive planner, detail oriented, over-achiever that I am I constantly have a never-ending to-do list running through my mind. In some ways this is a good thing: I find a sense of satisfaction in getting things done and crossing things off said list.
On the other hand, the pressure that I put on myself to get everything done can be downright exhausting. Not only do I want to be as productive as possible, but I want everything to be done perfectly. I’m constantly striving for that “A+.”
(as an honors/AP student with SATs and college applications, striving A+’s were a way of life)
Whether it’s household chores, cooking and baking, or wedding planning, I want things to be done and I want them done right.
However I’m learning to accept that sometimes operating at a “B” is OK….maaaaybe even a C (maybe). By adopting this concept I can free myself from the self-imposed pressures and make time for other things.
- cleaning the bathrooms (toilets, sinks, mirrors, tubs)
- floors (sweeping/vacuuming + swiffering)
- vacuuming carpets
- wiping off/organizing office desks
- cleaning the kitchen (counters, scrub sink, wipe down fridge, clean trashcans, wash sponges)
- water plants
- take out trash and recycling
By taking time to do ALL of that, next thing I know half the day has passed and there’s still so much more I wanted to get done!
So maybe instead of tackling ALL of that I can wipe down the kitchen counters, sweep the first floor of the house and consider that enough for one day. I can then use the extra time I have to focus on other to-do list items or maybe even simply “me time” (gasp! what a concept!…that’s a subject for a whole other post).
Long story short: progress….not perfection. Learn it, live it, love it.
I want to know…
Are you someone who makes to-do lists?
How do you go about balancing productivity and relaxation on your days off?