A kindergarten teacher wrote a song about popcorn. She had the children crouch down, and at the appropriate place in the song the children would start “popping.” One morning, during the popcorn song, she noticed one little boy still crouching while the other children were “popping.” She asked, “Why aren’t you ‘popping’ like the others?” He said, “Because I’m burning at the bottom of the pan.”*
You may feel like that little boy sometimes. Others may be “popping” but you’re struggling just to get through the day. Too much to do, not enough time, what do you do?
Here’s what works for me:
- Since there are only 24-hours in a day I set limits around my time.
- I evaluate my performance, not myself. Example: If I write a blog and it’s not well received, I could think to myself:
- a) “My blog was not received well, what could I do to make it better?”
- b) “I’m a complete failure at writing blogs.”
- c) “My readers don’t appreciate a great blog.”
- I give myself time-off each week where there is no schedule, no to-do lists. Just time to relax, read a book, take a walk...
That’s what works for me. What keeps you “popping” instead of “burning on the bottom of the pan?”