“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning,” said Benjamin Franklin.
OK, I don’t know about you, but often I don’t make progress in what I intended to that day. This used to discourage me. Usually, however, I accomplished and learned a lot, just in things that needed doing other than what I’d planned ahead. For example, I dealt with the raccoons living in the trusses in the house instead of writing, or I ran errands today instead of later in the week because something needed faxing today.)
Life happens. The work we find today may not be the work we thought we were going to do, but it needs doing. Even the scutwork of life, as my friend Donna calls routine chores and errands, needs doing and takes time and energy. All effort counts. Everything worthwhile that we do teaches us something, helps us grow, and helps us reach our goals. I like organizing with the four quadrants, the calendar, and to-do lists because they help me prioritize and reduce chaos. No matter how you plan, though, stay flexible.
It’s okay not to clear everything on the to-do list everyday. Unexpected but needed work isn’t wasted time and energy. All progress counts!