Sunshine Superman said...
I do feel so much better at having accomplished something however trivial.
I've thought about
this sentence ever since you first posted it, and have to take issue with the word 'trivial.' Not so... A productive hour is a productive hour. Whether it is physical like gardening or window washing, or mental like paperwork or mail, it is an accomplishment; a well spent hour.
Sometimes just the size of a project is overwhelming - easier to accomplish when chunked down into manageable pieces. Easier to weed/till/plant a reasonable sized flower bed than to landscape the garden. It is so important to give ourselves permission to work on achieving pieces of a goal without the pressure of finishing the entire thing in one go.
There are times all my husband can actually accomplish in a day is unloading the dishwasher once ... oh well ... that 10 minute job is a plus, an achievement; not trivial. Some days he doesn't do that much - other days he is productive for several hours. Any sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction is a step forward toward meeting Life's challenges.
It's also important to distinguish between the tasks required for day to day maintainence and the need to's or want to's that are major projects. When life is tough, maintainence itself may be the most we can manage - and that only in 10 minute segments. Never fail to give yourself credit for those minutes.
I bought a large pre-stamped quilt once; thought how simple it would be to embroider and how gorgeous it would be when finished ... couldn't do it ... finally sold it and all the embroidery thread at a yard sale. Several years later I thought I'd try again (knew myself better) and bought 54, 18 inch, pre cut and pre stamped quilt blocks - and one by one they are getting done - stress free. There's a great deal of satisfaction every time I add one to the finished stack ... it's gonna be gorgeous!
Take the pressure off yourself. Give yourself a high five and an Atta girl/guy .. feel good. Every step forward counts. Nothing positive is trivial.
Amen. End of sermon, lol.