To Do . . . Today
I was thrown for a bit of a loop a week or so ago. My boss had asked me to forego my usual four hours, five days a week shift in order to work full-time hours for the next little bit. I agreed, but was momentarily in a panic. It wasn’t due to ungratefulness for the income boost or worry about being able to handle starting work at 8 AM. I’m thankful for the extra hours, and I’m no stranger to full time hours or being up early. It was, in all honesty, this thought that ‘looped me out’:
“Great – now how am I going to get my house cleaned and organized this year? How am I going to get the novel done?”
Because I did not set the goal of having my house decluttered by the end of this month. I also did not set myself to the task of getting a novel polished and posted in the same time frame.
I’m not crazy after all (my mother never even had to have me tested).
But what I was doing was getting my focus so far down the road that I failed to see the opportunities I have now to get things done. There are things I can set aside for awhile in order to get a start on the decluttering process for the house, to get things organized for the novel. And they don’t involve ignoring important things like relationships and responsibilities and the like. Sometimes it merely involves setting aside half an hour not for checking Facebook or e-mail, but to instead do some novel-related research. Another time it may involve putting aside the dusting for another day in order to sort through a pile of paper on my desk.
It’s about doing what I can today, and about getting back up and trying again if I should choose to be distracted by other things.
So I can work full time and still get other things done. Countless people have done it before me, and are doing it now alongside me.
We’re doing what we can today. And for today, that is enough.