I recently posted this thought on MOMYS and thought I would share it here as well…
I have a dear friend w/ 10 children (yes, same family living in the garage…bet you feel like you know them by now, huh?) who was really struggling w/ never getting everything done on her To-Do List. She felt like a failure every single day. After lamenting this fact to her husband, he responded with a rather creative way to give her some perspective. He asked her to make a What-I-Did List for a whole week.
With the help of her oldest child, she wrote down every little thing she did from changing diapers, to taking a potty-training child to the bathroom, to cooking meals, to cleaning up an unexpected mess. Here she thought she was somehow squandering time, only to realize she truly was a VERY busy woman.
We definitely need to examine ourselves to be certain we aren’t squandering time, but quite often our To-Do List is not getting done simply because our What-I-Did List takes over. I know there are days when my dry erase board is filled to the brim with my To-Dos and very few of them seem to get erased. However, I have taken to occasionally writing something extra I did on that board just so I can erase it!
And right now, with the potty training, I get very little else done. Who would have thought potty-training was a full time job?! So, I have even added Potty Train to my To-Do list because honestly, there are days when I feel like I have done very little aside from making multiple trips to the bathroom and the laundry room.
So, if you are feeling discouraged by how little you seem to be getting done on your To-Do List, then stop making a To-Do List and start making a What-I-Did List! More than likely you will find a great deal of accomplishment there.