I fully enjoyed my holidays, but have to admit…the thought of returning to work is somewhat daunting.
I can’t help but think of the large to do list awaiting me. The tightness in my chest serves as a reminder that I may be expecting too much of myself. I don’t think I’m alone in this regard.
“I am the architect of my universe,” I remind myself. “If I don’t like the way something feels, it’s no one’s job but mine to change it”.
I decided to set aside some time this afternoon and draw up lists. Get those “to do” things out of my head and onto paper. I assigned them priorities. The list isn’t actually as long as I thought.
The beauty of the sun glistening on the lake reminds me that deadlines are arbitrary. There is really nothing that is urgent: no one is going to die if I don’t get it all done immediately. Instead of things I have to do, I’ll view my tasks as things I can feel good about accomplishing.
Most importantly, I’ll make sure to add a bunch of fun and creative things to my list. If this is to be my job description for the next year…I want it to be creative, engaging and enjoyable.
I add an extra list…creative hobby ideas, and feel myself lighten.
Changing the world might be important, but so is enjoying the day 🙂
Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong