The other day a good friend of mine reminded me of this incredibly useful quote by Annie Dillard:
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing
Lockdown has shon a light on how we spend our time. With less choice in lockdown, we feel we suddenly have so much more time and it can be easy to start putting pressure on ourselves to get as much done as possible. But what’s the point in achieving anything if we are just doing it for the sake of having to achieve a certain amount in a day or a week. If we are enjoying each task then great - we are enjoying our life. But if there is something at the back of the head saying “hurry up you’ve taken too long on this”, or “after this I simply must do this and this” or “what’s wrong with me why can’t I do this better, I must stop this bad habit… etc” then this becomes the soundtrack to our lives. Think now: do you say the same things to yourself on a daily basis? I must eat less sugar for example? Or even.. I must do more singing?! Make a conscious effort to stop these thoughts. Either take action on the nagging thoughts or don’t. But try to stop the thoughts or else those thoughts become ingrained in us, become our lives. How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.