A Simple Trick To Get Things Done!
- by XpatAthens
- Monday, 22 June 2020
Some of my friends managed to clean everything from lofts and warehouses to closets and drawers. They not only cleared up clothes, toys, and lots of other stuff but also set real priorities for their lives. Others enjoyed their peace at home, read the books they had piled up for a long time, took online classes, and pampered themselves with extra hours of sleep. Still, others did very little or did nothing of what they said they could or wanted to do; because they simply didn't have enough time as they had their family to take care of, young children and grown-ups complete with a lot of "noise," and a lot of nerve-racking situations. Another reason for remaining idle could be that they just didn't want the indirect pressure of "since you're at home use your time wisely and do yoga, dance, meditation, paint walls ... do something anyway."
Which of the two groups do you identify with? And most importantly, how do you feel about it? Let me assure you that regardless of whether you did or did not do what you said or wanted to do, it's okay. It's more than okay. There is no reason to feel apologetic or guilty. You accomplished some of the things you wanted to do and some others you just didn't. Maybe because you were tired or bored, perhaps because the pressure was too much, or better yet because you chose not to do anything. And that's okay. Don't torture yourself with thoughts like "I should have done it; I shouldn't have just wasted my time."
Instead of getting frustrated with negative thoughts and feelings, why not take some action now. Get a piece of paper and a pencil or use your computer, whatever works for you, and do the following exercise: Start by observing what you did and didn't do during the quarantine. Think about the reasons. How did you feel? What did you say to yourself, and what were the actual words you used? How much did you allow yourself to be affected by other peoples' feelings? Are you happy with the result? If so, great! If not, what would you have done differently? What would you change?
When you complete this exercise, you'll have a priceless tool in your hands. Not only will you recognize the behavioral pattern you usually follow in similar situations and the direction it is taking you, but you will also know what you need to change to get the result you want! ☺