Some days the To-Do list is too long and the squirrel in your brain is on crack so your thoughts are racing a million miles a minute and you have the attention span of goldfish.
Welcome to my Monday.
While meditating this morning, I checked the time twice and kept wondering “Jeez! How long is this going to take?!” Not exactly the best mindset for meditation. As soon as the gong sounded, my eyes flew open and I jumped up, immediately thinking of all the things that needed to get done today.
Then I sat on the couch and didn’t move for 20 minutes. I was paralyzed by all those things that needed to get done so I retreated into Facebook and Twitter and Blossom Blast.
I recently read Glennon Doyle Menton‘s book Love Warrior (actually, read is not the right word because I inhaled that book. I couldn’t put it down and read it at stoplights and in line at Costco. Go read it. Once you’re done here, that is.) and in it she takes about being overwhelmed by the things you have to do and decisions you need to make. To be fair, the decisions she talks about are MUCH bigger than my To Do list, but the lesson is still the same. You don’t have to worry about the totality of it all. Instead of focusing on the big picture and ALL THE THINGS that need to be done, just do the next right thing. Then the next one after that.
For me, that meant actually saying to myself “The next right thing is getting off the couch and taking a shower.” After my shower, it was “The next right thing is brushing your teeth and getting dressed.”
It sounds ridiculous. I know. I KNOW. And maybe you won’t have to chunk it out so precisely, but I tend to get distracted and go in 10 different directions and next thing I know, I am in my bathrobe going through pictures of Christmas 2010 to find just the right one to post on my friend’s Facebook page for their birthday.
I went about the rest of my day like that: The next right thing is to go get your tire fixed. The next right thing is to go print out the materials you need for class. The next right thing is to make lunch. And I stayed on track. And I checked things off my To Do list, including this post.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do the next right thing and make smoothie popsicles with my son.