Would I call myself ambitious? Definitely yes! Would I also call myself a Cry Baby? Hell yeah!
Believe me, this is a hell of a mixture. Last Sunday, I fell ill. At first, I thought it would be a cold. Nothing I hadn’t seen before. But when I woke up on Monday morning, I literally felt like I had been run over by a bus. I was sneezing and coughing, my limbs hurt and my throat was killing me. I still got up at five and went to work as always. But after two hours, I was done for it. I was staring at my screen but my brain was afk.
In consultation with my boss, I decided to go home and work from home. Unfortunately, the second I got home, I crashed completely. So off to the doctor I went and low and behold: a tonsillitis. My doctor put me on sick leave for a week and I wasn’t allowed to leave the bed. Great, just great!
The Cry Baby in me went into overdrive and I am 100% sure my mom was more than thankful that my medication knocked me out and I slept for nearly the whole week. Because who doesn’t love a 22-year-old complaining about a runny nose and an aching throat for days.
But the ambitious side in me suffered much more than the Cry Baby did. A few weeks ago my boss gave me the opportunity to take the lead for an upcoming event/project. I was and still am more than proud that she believes I am capable of managing such a big tasks (nearly) all by myself. I work hard on it every single day; I want it to be perfect. It’s my baby after all!
Being unable to work on my project for a week, feeling like I am failing my tasks and getting behind on my schedule are things that really drive me up the wall. This was one of the few times in my life that I have been physically unable to do what I want to – and it sucks.
But while I was drowing in my self-hate, I stumbled upon an article about got-done-lists. It is a fairly simple concept. We all know and love to-do-lists. Writing down all the things you want to get done in a day or week and hardly ever being able to finish all the tasks because the day simply does not have enough hours. Taking this concept and transforming it, we have the got-done-list.
When you are feeling down, write down all the things you got done that day. Did laundry? Great, write it down! Walked the dog? Amazing, I am sure your puppy is more than thankful for that. Had a great conversation with your parents? Perfect, make a note!
Sometimes, especially during busy times, we tend to forget that life is not only about all the tasks and goals we set for ourselves. Life is also about the little things; the things we do not appreciate enough. So, give it a try! It will boost your self esteem.
What did you get done today that wasn’t on your to-do-list? Let me know!