Looking at my to-do list from today, I noticed that I had everything checked off the list that was for someone else or something that wasn’t a personal item. All my work and Girls on the Run tasks were promptly checked off, but reading a chapter in my book and stretching were still staring back at me at 4:30 when I was heading off to take care of a bunch of race stuff for Girls on the Run.
Why do we do that to ourselves? Is it a human-nature thing? A female thing? Or just a ME thing? The justification is that you shouldn’t do something for yourself until you take care of everything else first. But then later becomes tomorrow and tomorrow eventually turns in to never.
I believe in work-life balance, but it isn’t always that easy. Doing things for myself makes me a better employee, friend, spouse, sister and daughter. So I try not to neglect myself or my other tasks.
While I left stretching (I have been ignoring stretching and my body is mad at me because of it) and reading for another time, I did get in a nice morning walk with the dog. I knew today was going to be packed with conference calls and meetings. Since I have a long run tomorrow, it was a perfect rest day. I am so glad I did! It was nice to get outside and move, even if only for 30 minutes.
How do you prioritize your to-do lists?