“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes, it is simply impossible to get everything done in a single day that you’d wish. This week has been an insanely busy week and yet, I can’t help but feel that I haven’t gotten enough done. Thoughts enter my head that say, “You haven’t worked hard enough.” or “You’re behind on your manuscript. You need to work until midnight.” Some days, those statements might be true. But most days? They’re just not. I’ve always been a hard-worker. Lazy is not an option for me. In high school, my husband referred to me as “a machine” when it came to our homework assignments. I’m an overachiever.
But on weeks like this, when the to-do list seems longer than Merlin’s beard and the projects on that list take too long to complete…I don’t feel much like an achiever, let alone an over-achiever. I know that weeks like this could easily lead to feelings of defeat. Or…they could create a sense of accomplishment, productivity, and contentment.
It’s alright if you can’t knock off every item on your to-do list.
It’s okay if, as a writer, you can’t write a single word some days.
It’s alright to take breaks during insanely busy weeks.
It’s okay to continue trying to knock everything off the to-do list.
I’ve had a majorly productive week so far. I haven’t gotten everything done that I wanted to, but as the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote says above…”tomorrow is a new day”. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make your word count today because of a pile of dishes that need washing in the sink. If you’ve got to cart the kids off to soccer practice and it means you can’t manage to market your book during that time, it’s alright. Squeeze in work whenever you can and make sure that you’re enjoying your life. That you’re enjoying your work. I firmly believe that a harried and hurried life is one that isn’t lived to the fullest. Even if you’ve got forty things to do today, take it one task at a time and fully experience each task.
At the end of the day, go to bed knowing that you did all that you could and that tomorrow is a new day. 🙂