Yesterday I accomplished a feat I have been trying to accomplish for a number of months.
I was in bed before 10:15 PM (I got into bed at 10:09 PM, exactly).
This is a tremendous feat for me, as I have been talking about doing a better job getting to bed earlier for quite some time.
My realization came yesterday as I was trying to figure out how I was going to accomplish all that was on my plate for the evening. My realization was that I couldn’t.
Not in one day anyway. And that there would likely always be more to do that I would never actually end up getting to.
So, with that in mind, I decided on completing a number of tasks, gave myself a time to be done by, and got myself in bed with time to actually read a bit before heading to sleep. It was a truly victorious feeling, something quite silly, actually, but tremendously powerful because my epiphany was so simple.
There is never enough time to do everything we want to do.
And armed with that, I was able to make the determination to only work on a few key items, and then make sure I set a bit of time aside for myself, precisely so I wouldn’t have to have that “me” time when it was already too late.
My goal, moving forward, is for this to become a regular occurrence, and to continue to be comfortable with the fact that I’ll never really get to everything (when I would love to, anyway), and that I’m best at what I do when I feel rested and energized.