Do, each day, all that can be done
that day. You
don’t need to overwork – or to rush blindly into your
work, trying to do the greatest possible number of things
in the shortest possible amount of time.
Don’t try to do tomorrow’s – or next week’s
– work today. It’s
not so much the number of the things you do but the
quality, the efficiency of each separate action that
counts. . . . you need only to succeed in the small tasks
of each day. This
makes a successful day.
With enough of these, you have a successful week,
month, year – and lifetime.
always important to me to see things as smaller pieces of
a bigger picture. For any great accomplishment, many
smaller pieces had to be finished in order to prepare the
way for the desired finish. When I keep this in
mind, I'm not too hard on myself for not finishing the big
things--rather, I'm content to do well a number of the
small things, and life becomes a lot easier for me.
have several tasks that I'd like to get done today.
On most days, I make a list of those tasks and do my best
to finish them all by the end of the day. My list
never says anything like "clean the
house." I'll write on my list that I need to
clean one or two rooms, and once I do that, I move on to
the next thing. Then my list for tomorrow or next
week will include cleaning a room or two more, and soon
the whole house is clean. But I haven't burdened
myself with a task that's pretty much impossible for me or
that would take the whole day. I've broken the large
job into several smaller tasks, and that way I'm able to
do the smaller tasks better and not get fed up with the
I have great weeks without ever stressing myself out by
trying to accomplish too much. After all, one day
I'm going to die, and I'm pretty sure that when that
happens, I'm not going to rue not having spent more time
doing tasks and getting things accomplished. When
that time comes, I'm going to be more grateful for having
spent more time with loved ones, going for long walks, and
for having done my best to enjoy this life I've been
given. I'll be glad for the time I've spent reading
books and learning, and not necessarily for the time I've
spent getting things done--many of which end up not being
nearly as important as they might have seemed at first.