I know that many women think they are great multi-taskers and can think they can get all the endless things done that are on their To Do List in a day. Once the list is done, I can relax and be happy, since I’m Wonder Woman. Well, I think that is doo doo. (keeping in the bird theme here)
I have always been old school about my daily planner and used the Franklin Covey physical day planner for years during my working career. I know all about trying to get the “Big Rock” tasks done first and then work on the smaller rocks, etc. But, it always seemed easier to do all the little stuff first and check things off a list, so you felt like you were getting things done and being a Wonder Woman.
Well, I still struggle with this after retirement. My most recent example of this was visiting my Parents last month for my Mom’s 80th Birthday. Side note: A wonderful gift of being FI is that you can spend time with family and help them out when needed.
Yes, that includes setting up a new computer, hauling rocks, pulling weeds, gardening, cooking, cleaning, running errands, shopping, helping with finances…shall I go on?!?
There always seems like a million things to help out with while visiting my Parents, but I struggled with prioritizing what “needs” to get done vs. what “should” be done now. My Mom made a comment one morning while she was making pancakes, calling in a prescription to the pharmacy, making coffee, and taking care of my brother who was sick.
“I’m not Wonder Woman anymore.”
Remember, she’s 80. The apple doesn’t fall from the tree!
No one, but her, expects her to be Wonder Woman. For that matter, I don’t think that anyone expects any of us to be like Wonder Woman, so why do we try? Why do we kill ourselves to get it all done?
Well, I will tell you, we do it to ourselves! No one is expecting that we have to do it all, but for some reason we just can’t help ourselves. What have I been thinking?!? Duh! Took me 50+ years I guess to figure that out.
Again, Wonder Woman is for the Birds!