As I am finishing up one of my most productive days in a while, it occurred to me that I’m probably going to end up with only slightly fewer things on my List Of Things To Do than when I started the day. There was a time when I would have been stressed out by that. Today I was finally able to articulate why it doesn’t stress me out anymore.
I recognize that it is the cycle of life/business. As I plowed through the things that had become slightly more urgent, other things came up. So, even if I replaced all the things on my list for all new things, that is still progress. The newer things don’t have the same sense of urgency. I still got to cross off the old stuff and feel great about that. And, by reloading my list, I have a clear idea of where to go from here.
If you are busy, it doesn’t matter how productive you are. There will always be stuff on your list. That’s okay. As long as the list helps you get it done, you are in good shape.