This simple phrase has been a game-changer for me.
How easy is it, as moms, to start something but find ourselves pulled in a million other directions?
I mean, just when I finally get around to *fill in the blank* the baby needs changing,
which makes me notice that the garbage needs taking out,
which makes me see that the rug needs vacuumed,
that makes me remember that I shoved things in the closet and I should put them back where they belong,
and then the toddler spills something,
and that makes me remember that I didn't wipe the table off after breakfast,
and the dryer buzzed so I throw the clothes on my bed and see that my coffee cup needs to be brought to the sink,
where I find more dishes that need washing,
but the kids are hungry so I need to make lunch...
and on and on...
and by the time the day is done, I have a bunch of stuff started, the house is cluttered, but nothing is done.
Enter my life-changing new mantra: FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED.
All it really takes is a little self-discipline.
You have to be ok with not getting A LOT done.
BUT, you get the satisfaction of knowing you actually completed something.
Some days, all I get done are the basics (preparing meals, doing the dishes, and general tidying).
And, some days, THAT'S OK!
This even applies to all those amazing working mamas.
Tonya Dalton of The Productivity Paradox (and the creative genius behind inkWELL Press) mentioned recently in her podcast that multitasking isn't really as productive as we might think.
"Experts estimate that switching between these tasks, this virtual tug of war that's happening right now in your brain, it can cause a 40% loss in productivity. You want to know the worst part? You tend to be more error prone. You're working slower and less effectively. People argue that multitasking is more efficient. They say, "I'm getting more done." But are you, if you have more errors, and it actually takes you more time? The more errors you have, the more you have to go back and fix those errors, instead of handling it one time, and being done with it. It's not really that efficient. The next time you go to multitask, ask yourself this, "Which is more important? To be efficient, or effective?" Because you cannot be effective, if your brain is continuing with this tug of war. Doing two things at once makes you miss obvious things."
If I'm really being honest, I'd rather do a few things well than feel like I've started, but haven't completed, anything.
Don't you agree?
So, tomorrow, don't stress yourself out with a giant to-do list.
Finish what you started.
I promise you'll sleep better.