Today was an especially busy day. Really it’s been a busy week. Heck, probably the whole dang month and year have been absolutely nuts.

So when things get busy, how do we do what needs to get done and stay on task to complete our goals AND meet our commitments?

To Do

For me, it’s not always easy. It seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get it all done.

But the days that I feel most productive, are the days that I get the top 2 or 3 things on the list done. And not only done, but done and out of the way early. Like first thing.

Really, writing this post should have been one of those. But don’t get me wrong. I wrote today, even hit my target word count of 1200 words (plus this post which gets me close to 2000. Do I get a cookie or something for that?)

Regardless, all day long I knew it was Tuesday. And I knew a post was due.

I can come up with a million reasons excuses that I didn’t get it done earlier. I had meetings. I planned out other content. I was developing a more robust business plan. I was working on marketing strategy. I was…

But really, I just didn’t list it in the Top 3. Honestly, today I don’t even know that I had a Top 3. Believe me, I’m not perfect.

While I don’t excuse my excuses, I will say this much. I’m getting it done.

And while I don’t expect it to win any Pulitzers with this post, I hope the honesty shines through anyway.

It’s not exactly what I wanted to write about. What I DID want to post today (and incidentally what I worked on but not ready to hit publish just yet) were the 3rd part of the Fulfilled Purpose series about Developing your Values. Or another post I worked on today that shared some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since launching a couple weeks ago. Or another post that I outlined that comparing envy, jealousy and admiration.

But none of them felt right. This kinda does. I just wanted to get it out there and let you see the human side. The side that doesn’t have ALL the answers. The side that’s trying to get it done just like you.

The big thing I try to keep my eye on though is stringing enough of the productive days together. The days where I get more done than I expected. The consecutive days I sit down and put fingers to keys and butt to chair.

String enough of those together, and a habit is formed. A productivity habit. A success habit. A habit of achievement. And when you get enough of those days working together, you get hooked.

So, if you struggle some days to get it all done, I’m  here to tell you: DON’T SWEAT IT! Keep at it, and get done what you can get done. Create habits that will bring you closer to your goals, and eventually those frustrating days will be in the rear view mirror.

Because at the end of the day, we’re all in this together. And I’m right there with ya…

Never Ending To Do Lists

2 thoughts on “Never Ending To Do Lists

  • August 26, 2015 at 8:20 am
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    I enjoyed this post. Most days I feel pretty good about what I get done, but there are days where I feel overwhelmed with everything I need to accomplish. Even this week on vacation in the back of my head I can see my “to do” list of things I want to do before returning to work. Thanks for the encouraging words and the reminder that all of us struggle to get our “to do” list done.

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    • August 27, 2015 at 8:57 am
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      Thanks Beccy! Yeah, I think even the best struggle with this from time to time. I hope to encourage (and be encouraged!) with the idea that by trying to have more days of success than days of not hitting the target, eventually it’ll all work out. I think that’s the heart of “living intentionally”! Enjoy your vacation!

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