Lately I’ve been trying to change the way I do things. The fact is, I’m kind of a workaholic, and when you’re a creative type working from home on either a self-employed or freelance basis like me, that can mean that you’re working ALL THE TIME. Do things get accomplished that way? Sure. But when you have a never-ending to-do list, it starts to feel like you’re never going to catch up.
And so, I’ve started making daily goals. Or rather, one or two big, specific goals for each day. Once I have those specific things done, I can count my day as a success. Anything else I get done is a bonus, and if I don’t get anything else done? I still had a good day.
Today I managed the two articles I was asked to write, along with listing a new item in my Etsy shop. (And blogging. See?!) I’d hoped to finish some music reviews I need done by the 15th, but that will be tomorrow’s big goal. Now, I’m going to snuggle up with my husband… or a good book. Whichever one is feeling more snuggly at the moment.
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YES! This is what I’ve recently started doing too. Great minds, and all that. 😉
Actually, my husband counseled me to do this some months ago, but I was slow to ease up on my to-do list. And recently I started to feel really strongly that I’d even benefit from a day a week that didn’t have a zillion things for me to do. A free day. To craft. Read. Whatever. AND NOT FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT.
I haven’t quite managed that last one, yet, but I am getting better at focusing on that couple-only big things each day and well, not sweating the small stuff.
Great post Lisa.
Great minds INDEED! My new post really does take it a level further!