"Mom, you have no idea all that I have to do between now and Thanksgiving," my son, a college senior, complained recently. As I had told him throughout his years of homeschooling, "Just take it in little bites."
How easy it is to look at the whole picture regarding anything in life and get totally overwhelmed. Too many things on the calendar. Too many choices. Too many things to accomplish.
"Ok," I tell myself at the beginning of more days than I want to admit, "I want to get this and this and this done by the end of the day." By 8:00 p.m. I'm worn out and only did one of the "this's" resulting in feeling like a failure.
Too often I don't take my own advice and look at a situation and get discouraged and even want to give up...including the book I'm presently writing. While I know what I want to happen and how it will end, I look at where I am and think, "How am I ever going to get to the end?"
The answer: Not just writing one chapter at a time but breaking each chapter down into smaller bites. Oh, and if I can't write today...it's okay.
How about you? Are you at a point in your life where there is simply too much that needs your attention? Do you set daily goals that can only truly be accomplished in, oh, three to four days?
May I gently remind you, and remind myself mostly, to be realistic and just take things in little bites.