How are you all doing?
I LOVED reading through your predictions on Baby Perks’ arrival! (And thank you for the ideas for the bag. There are so many wise readers reading my blog. Wahoo!)
Well, it looks like she’ll be coming either just a few days before her due date or a few days after, according to you all. Sounds good to me! Especially because there are some things I’d like to finish and/or do before she comes, and yah, I have made absolutely no headway on her room since I last said I would.
But in the end, who really cares if her room is ‘perfect’ before she arrives?!
It’s just the crazy amount of pressure I put on myself…
Sometimes a lil’ bit of pressure, with a deadline, can be awesome, because then I get things DONE. But sometimes when it’s too much pressure, and it’s without a deadline, it just stresses me out and makes me anxious. Which in turn makes me less productive.
I was thinking about this the other day, actually.
I am more productive when there is a bit of pressure on me in the form of a deadline (either one that is given to me or one I’ve made up).
But I am NOT very productive if the pressure feels like too much and/or is overwhelming and I don’t have a deadline. (Then I just get anxious, stressed out, and ultimately don’t get whatever it is I need to get done, done.)
Baby girl’s room is, for some reason, overwhelming. Both because there is a lot I feel needs to be done AND there isn’t crazy amount of pressure to get it done because there is no real deadline. (see above–I have no idea when she is actually coming).
Does that make sense?
(And it’s probably why I keep talking about the fact that I’ve done absolutely nothing to move forward with finishing her room….haha)
In other areas of life I literally have to walk around adding deadlines to anything I want to get done-be it personal, blog-related, work stuff, gym choreo, to-do lists, etc.
I might be insane, but I swear it helps to say things/write things in my phone like “I will write 5 thank-you cards by 7:00 p.m.” Or “I will re-new my license by Thursday afternoon.” Or “I will print off the birth plan by 8:30.” (Can you tell what stuff I need to get done?!? hah)
But then when I get to mark them off on my phone?!
Yep. I’m the one who puts an item on a to-do list just so I can mark it off.
Brush teeth? CHECK. CHECK.
Just, you know, sharing the secrets of the genius mind behind the blog.
Being productive FEELS good to me, so I give myself these mini-deadlines and it helps me amp up my excitement to do whatever it is that needs to be done (going to the DMV is gonna be sooooooo fun……), and then in turn, I get to mark it off on the to-do list.
Get stuff done AND get a mini-mood boost by crossing it off the list?!?
p.s. these are AMAZING:
Thank you Trader Joe’s for the new obsession.
Go buy yourself some.
Have a GREAT day! <3
So I am curious– do YOU guys feel the same way I do? Do you function best when there is a bit of pressure and a deadline? And if not, what makes YOU productive?? p.s. What is on YOUR to-do list that YOU’ve been putting off and are NOW going to commit to getting done by setting a deadline!?