Ever have one of those days where nothing you do seems to get you to that satisfying point where you feel like you’ve accomplished something?
I have had a string of days like that, and it’s starting to wear me out a little bit. The funny thing about it is that I have accomplished a whole bunch of things. My brain just won’t slow down. Sure, pending items continue to be added to the list nearly as fast as I can clear old ones, but was there ever a time when that wasn’t the case? I’ve never been one to be particularly satisfied with resting on my laurels. Whatever laurels are.
Except when it comes to household chores…those I try to avoid as much as possible. Fortunately for Becky (and me, I guess, too), I respect my wife greatly and have learned to get better about taking care of my household responsibilities. I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but ask Becky about my pre-marriage habits and you’ll see how much I’ve improved.
Anyway, tasks are starting to flow together, and I’m getting into that zone where I’m accomplishing more than I imagined I could. The rhythm is going. E-mails are flying out in all directions. I manage to clear both my work and personal e-mail accounts every single day, but right now, I’m in a zone. I’m blazing through projects and as I blaze through the projects, I come up with new ideas, new projects, and I create new systems, new spreadsheets, etc.
But I don’t feel any satisfaction. It’s like the more I accomplish, the less accomplished I feel.
So sometimes I need to escape. I need to take a break and breathe. And read. And sleep. And curl up under a warm blanket next to Becky on the couch and watch a movie.
Unfortunately, today and tomorrow are not going to be that day. Thursday could potentially be that day. Hopefully Friday will bring with it some mindless entertainment. Who knows?
How do you find peace? How do you turn off your brain and just decompress?
Seriously, I want to know because I’m about to open a spreadsheet and work on a rotation schedule that really isn’t totally necessary. Does all this accomplishment really make a difference? Does anyone care? Probably. Is it worth it? I guess that is to be determined, measured in affirmation and personal satisfaction.