Does your to-do list fill up faster than the Target parking lot on Black Friday?
All of a sudden, mine is overflowing. Deadlines for writing projects loom near. Laundry piles have created an obstacle course in the basement. The refrigerator is void of all sustenance, save condiments and pickles. The notification badges on phone are blinking angrily.
So many demands on my time.
It’s not just the volume of the tasks, is it? Most of the important assignments we take on are behemoth in size and voluminous in time commitment.
- Raising children.
- Writing a book.
- Creating a home.
- Completing a degree.
- Enriching relationships.
- Starting a business.
It can be overwhelming and exhausting. Hope wanes when progress is slow. Mundane daily tasks suck our time and energy, leaving little left for ourselves.
Three things will stave off overwhelm and help keep you balanced.
Give yourself permission to rest.
Trust me when I say, even over-achievers need rest. You need to build margin into your life to be present with yourself, with God, and with your people. Whatever quiet time looks like for you, incorporate it into your week.
Take a nap. Read a book. Walk through a garden.
What would restore and refresh you from your daily grind and heavy load?
Remember to play.
My friend, Cherie Turlington, says men never forget how to play – the toys just get more expensive! True that, right? She encourages us women to remember to have fun!
Paint a picture or do some coloring. Blow bubbles off the deck. Dress up and go to a show. Take a dance lesson or go on a cruise.
What sounds like a fun and affordable play activity to you?
Celebrate along the way.
My coach tells me all the time, “Robyn, don’t forget to celebrate the mini-accomplishments and micro-advancements along the way to your big dream.”
Celebrate all the progress – even the itty-bitty, mini, baby steps.
Every single pound the scale gives up.
Each and every word you write on that manuscript or dissertation or in your journal.
All the victories you win raising your kid or working your job or enriching your marriage or beautifying your house.
Don’t wait to celebrate till it’s all done.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the “I’ll take a rest when I (fill in the blank with your dream here)”, and “I’ll go play when I finish my (fill in the blank with your dream here)” and “Who am I to celebrate small steps on my way to (fill in the blank with your dream here) – I’ll just wait till it’s all done.”
But you know what? It’s the rest that restores you to go again, the play that refreshes you to try another way another day, and the celebrating along the way that reminds you why you’ve taken this (fill in the blank with your dream here) thing in the first place.
So what will it be, Friend?
What’s the first thing you’re putting in place to rest, play and celebrate along the way to your (fill in the blank with your dream here).
Leave me a comment below. I’d love to pray into your decision.
Verse for today: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)
Prayer: LORD, you created me on purpose for a purpose, but sometimes that purpose is so daunting, it doesn’t feel like I can do it. Refresh and revive my heart to go after it again and again. Keep my eyes on you and on the thing you’ve put in my heart to accomplish for you. In Jesus name amen.