Over Labor Day weekend, I spent a lot of time with a few good friends, chasing after our kids and keeping up with them in (and out of) the pool. Before the weekend officially started, though, I was dreading the thought of my to-do list. How on earth would I stay on top of it without ruining the last weekend of summer?
Saturday morning, I was up early. I started writing all of the things I needed to get done before Monday, but I kept getting interrupted — by the laundry, by kids who need breakfast (didn’t I feed you yesterday?), by phone calls. So I stopped with the nagging “to-do” list, and started writing down the things I’d managed to get done already that day.
It was long. Longer than I thought it would be. Encouragingly, mood-boostingly long. And instead of feeling guilty for not crossing enough stuff off the to-do list, I was motivated to see how many things I could add to the have-done list instead.
How do you motivate yourself to get things done?