An analogy for my life at the moment would be how you feel after a long lunch – a little uncomfortable because you’re over full but know it’s only temporary. I had a few big projects to tick off the CPS task list and knew I needed to create some room to get them done.
So, my husband became full time dad and I set up a cool little office in the city for all of August.
I was so excited for my first day. I had fully prepped my lunches for the next few days (they were optimistically healthy), even down to a little lunch bag I stole from my bub (unicorn lunch bag anyone?).
I set my alarm and was in the office by 6.45am – keen as mustard.
Ready, set, go!
Like all races I have competed in, I’m one of those people who start out really strong then run out of puff mid-way. I started hammering out the tasks and flooding my business coach with Voxers about my ideas and progress.
By day 4, I started to run out of puff.
Strolling into the office at 7.15am, already thinking about my first coffee break. I start working through the list of jobs and get distracted by social media. Well look at that it’s coffee time!
I spent the rest of the day dabbling in a task here and there but not really making any progress.
By 2pm, I'm struggling.
I thought to myself ‘well I can’t leave yet! I spent so many weeks telling my husband that I have 1,000 things to do in the business and desperately need this time, it wouldn’t look great if I’m finishing mid-afternoon in my first week”.
So, I stuffed around for another 15 mins and waved the white flag at 2.15pm.
Walking to my car I felt defeated. I asked myself “what would I have had to have achieved today to have been satisfied?”.
Answer? Nothing. You’re human. Give yourself a break and come back better tomorrow.
And guess what, I smashed that to-do list the next day and gave myself an early mark. Tick and tick.
Please be kind to yourself. Quit the unrealistic expectations and be content in knowing you’re doing your best.
On the shit days, give yourself some headspace then come back stronger next time.