21-day Kindness Challenge, day twenty: do less

21-day kindness challenge

I think the quote today (below) really sums it all up! I used to have a problem with thinking I had to stay busy in perpetua, and I would feel really guilty if I spent too much time relaxing with a cup of tea or reading a magazine or doing some other “frivolous” activity. Now I have no problem taking that time for myself to just relax and enjoy the moment. These little “pauses” help me refresh and refuel so I can focus on the things that are really important to me.

John Lennon quote

I’ve also realized that prioritizing is so, so important, not only for organization, but for happiness. Not everything has to be tackled at once. Sometimes my number one priority is to take a walk outside or to snuggle with the cats and read, so if that means taking care of a handful of truly demanding tasks (publishing a blog post, or paying a bill) and letting less-important things slide for a day. (Do I really have to clean the dishwasher right this instant? Probably not.) It’s also made me realize that there really is no excuse for not fitting in things like a workout or time to eat a proper meal–I just have to prioritize those things instead of making excuses for why I’m “too busy”.

Quote: “Busyness is not a reason for not getting other things done. It is an excuse for not claiming your true priorities.”  — Alan Cohen


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