Belinda Lindhardt

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I managed to get a bit of sketching done last night Woo HOO!!

I really miss it when i don't do some type of drawing and while i wont show the whole drawing i will show you this part just to prove i did :)
I wanted to follow on from my post yesterday where i mentioned that sometimes as mums we need to cut ourselves a bit of slack. I think this is true in the business world, art world and all sorts of worlds :) I think often we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves to get things done we should allow ourselves to say :

"You know what i didn't do that .. but thats ok!!!"

Ever since the beginning of the year i have been in accomplish mode. setting my goals has made focus on where i want to go and i plan on regularly revisiting them. Life and unforeseen things can get in the way tho and i know all too well how easy it is for things we plan on doing to get pushing to the way side or simple procrastinating. Then comes the cycle of feeling like a failure because you haven't done all the things you need to and it all gets a bit overwhelming doesn't it ?

So, today i wanted to share with you something i have been doing which makes me feel good about myself, allows me to set tasks for the next week and keep focused.

Every Friday at the end of my week i have been making a list. I write on the top of the page:
"What did i achieve for this week? Date"
Then i list in brief points all the things i did this week that were "good/positive" or which i wanted to get done. They can be from the simplest household jobs to fun activities with the kids that i can point back to and say i did that eg. This week we had a really fun time at the play center. etc . The list also includes my art and business projects that have been done.
As i mentioned above, not only does it make me feel good about achieving things but it allows me to asses what areas of my life i need to tend to and allocate jobs to make it onto next week's list. I dont have to detail them just store them in my head (tho i usually write them down or i forget).
I find i am motivated to get things to put on the list for the end of the week, and i guess more than anything it means i am holding myself accountable for doing things and making sure they are completed.

So there you have it, something that is working for me if your feeling a bit swamped it might work for you! :)


Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

I love your sketch and also your idea of listing positive things. You are right; us Moms are way to hard on ourselves. It's a cycle that I fall into all too often.

Jo Castillo said...

Belinda, you have been really busy, just not blogging busy. We can understand. Nice sketch. Take a breath!

Ann said...

Wonderful sketch! And you are so right. There is no way we are going to get everything done that we want to do but we should at least feel good about those things we do accomplish. Like making cookies or taking time to play. I just started something this year similar to your list. I got one of those weekly planners but instead of using it as a to-do list, I note what I did each day. It helps me see that none of my time is really wasted and that I am making progress towards my goals.

Rose Welty said...

Wise words Belinda!

Belinda Lindhardt said...

Thanks everyone :)

That great Ann its essentially the same thing. I am amazed that it works as well as it does it seems so simple really. :)

Valerie Jones said...

I like your list idea! I do something similar, only I list the things I need to do that day first thing in the morning. That way I don't fret about them all day long and worry about forgetting something. I need to take your advice and list the positive things that happened throughout the day!

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