I take on too much. I am an overachiever. I often get myself overworked and anxious over the many things on my to-do list. I add things to the list faster than I accomplish them. All the things I want to do are overwhelming. Occasionally, I get sucked into what I call a funk.
The funk is when I start feeling down about the things I didn’t accomplish. During a funk instead of getting my butt in gear to get stuff done, I just want to stay in bed all day. Even when I am not in a full on funk, sometimes I still feel disappointed about what I accomplish in a day. If I create a list of 10 things to do today and only accomplish 9 I feel sub par, even if I knew the 10 things was too much.
This year I am trying to approach things differently. Instead of only feeling good about my day when I accomplish everything on my to-do list, I want to feel good about my day when I accomplish the most important thing on my to do list. I want to grade each day on only one thing. It might be a different thing each day, but it is the only thing I need to feel good about my day.
To make this work I have a little birdie sharing the secrets of a feel-good-about-your-day-kind-of-life in daily bit sized chunks. I picked up this Hold My Card Bird for less than $4 at my little shopping trip to Typo. I just thought he was cute. I have finally put him to good use.
He is my “One Thing A Day Birdie”. He tells me what to focus on for the day. I just write down that one thing I want to accomplish to feel good about my day and pop it in his wing. It sits on my desk as a nice reminder throughout the day.
I have learned the one thing does not have to be big, or glamorous, or life-changing. It just has to be. It is one thing to focus on. One small attainable goal. Once I reach my one small daily goal, I feel great and go on feeling awesome about everything that I accomplish on top of my one thing. On rougher days, if I only get my one thing accomplished, I can still feel great about my day.
Sometimes Birdie tells me to focus on work.
Sometimes Birdie is concerned for my health.
Sometimes Birdie is a bit of a nagging mother.
Sometimes Birdie is a funny guy. (But he might be right…I should get outside more often.)
Sometimes Birdie reminds me of the most important things in life.
I am learning to allow myself to be happy and proud of myself if I accomplish my one thing a day. Anything more is just icing on the cake. Birdie helps remind me I don’t have to do everything to feel good about my day.