Let's get one thing straight: you can't always do it all. As much as you might want to, you can't. Just because life is hard, as we need to deal.
And delegate. And let some things go. And suck some other things up and just do it.
But not everything. And not by ourselves.
Sometimes, all that matters is, you're working on it. And that's ok.
I have listed above that I am an "underachieving perfectionist." It's a term I've coined myself (copyright pending) that basically means I can't do things to the incredibly high standard I have set for myself, so with the mindset that I'll inevitably be disappointed, I don't even start said task. Combined with ADD, this is pretty detrimental. Good news? Some of you out there are underachieving perfectionists too. And we can do this.
It's super awesome to have days where we get on a roll, knock off a billion things from the to-do list, and top it all off with a 5 course dinner, a shower, and some productive and educational quality time with the littles. For you 30 Rock fans out there, this is called "Reaganing."
But most days aren't like this. So let's make a game plan:
1. Cut down the to-do list (also known as "Lower your standards") - Didn't get enough sleep? Out of coffee? You get handicaps for that. Put some things off until tomorrow... otherwise you might not have anything left to do tomorrow. Rome wasn't built in a day. You're welcome.
2. Break down what's left into easier tasks -
3. Do at least one of those tasks - Look! I made the bed today. Cross that off the list. Making progress!
4. Give yourself a pat on the back - Great job, self. That took initiative. Remember that when you go to your next job interview. "I take initiative." Good job getting something done today.
BONUS: Do more things on the list. Then take a break.
This is not by any means something to live by every day. This is for the Mondays, the feels-like-Mondays, the coming-home-from-vacation-and-everything-is-crazy days, and the like. You can tackle the big stuff those other days. For now, put your feet up, sip some coffee or tea, and check back in after an hour or two (or 5 minutes, which is sometimes all the break we can afford). You've got this!