Do you ever have a day (or week?) in which you feel you haven’t accomplished anything? Maybe you’ve worked busily all day on a to-do list, or putting out fires (hopefully figuratively, not literally!) or caring for a sick child.
I felt that way all week. I felt like I was on the run all week, but questioned if I accomplished anything. I think I made three or four “to-do” lists (I tend to write them on small sticky notes, then lose the sticky note . . . ) but just could not get everything crossed off any of them. Last night, after the kids had left for the cattle show, the living room and kitchen were still a mess. The bills weren’t paid. I didn’t do a blog post all week. Didn’t get more books ordered. I think my “things I didn’t get done” list was longer than my accomplishements!
Today I had a bit of breathing room. I found some of my “to-do” lists and saw that not a lot was crossed off . . . but I thought of the things I had done, but hadn’t written down.
I worked at my nursing job several days, took Morgan to an appointment and Confirmation, made a meal or two that everyone liked, rubbed Tim’s sore back and legs one evening, started a new Bible study, took a walk yesterday (now that the temperature is above -30 with the wind chill), e-mailed friends, talked to my Grandpa on the phone, talked to both sisters on the phone, cuddled with Morgan, spent time with Cody talking about “serious” issues.
I didn’t think I’d gotten much writing work done, until I was looking at e-mails today. I found that I’d submitted several articles to different blogs and websites, answered book-related e-mails, jotted down ideas for promotion and publicity, made goals for March, and today ordered a shipment of books.
All week I tried to make every moment count, and be productive in whatever I did! Last night when the kitchen, dining room, AND living room were all a mess, I set the oven timer for 15 minutes and concentrated on cleaning those areas. I had to set the timer two more times before everything was picked up, but what a feeling of accomplishment to go to bed knowing I’d gotten that done . . . and it sure was nice to get up to a relatively clean house.
When you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything, look back and really think about what you HAVE done. Did you encourage someone? Comfort someone who was sad? Spend time with your family? Do something for yourself? Spend time with God? Read His Word? Those intangible things you do count as much as, or more than, crossing something off of your “to do” list.
Now, I’m going to enjoy this sunny, warm (well, 30 degrees–warm for NE in Feb!) day and when I get back, I’m going to call my mom and dad.
Enjoy your day!