What the Heck Did I Do Today??

calendarDo you ever get to the end of your day feeling like you have been run over by a Mack truck just to hear yourself ask, “Why on Earth am I this tired? What did I do today?” It reads like your credit card Mileage Awards program…What did I do to earn this exhaustion??


Some of us are just lazy do-nothing bums but you would think I might know some. I don’t. Even if Republicans feel that the homeless are those bums, it isn’t true. Their lives are very full every day seeking enough food to live and shelter to keep from freezing. This requires creativity and self-determination most of us will never know. Those of us fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads and a Subway foot-long, do an amazing amount of work. Odd thing is, we can’t seem to give ourselves credit. It seems we never do ENOUGH.


When I began my consulting career back in the early 80’s and kept a paper calendar, I would only write things in my calendar that I considered real work, like speaking engagements, appointments with people to talk about work, and places I had to be to do my work. I would look at my calendar a few days into the week and be struck dead by the number of empty “cubes”. Those empty spaces=I did nothing.


We are all guilty of not taking notice or credit for all the things we do each day including taking care of our partners, families, friends, shopping, banking, exercising, making sure we are up to date on all our APPS! If we are self-employed, it is even more important to give ourselves credit for what we do every single day… planning time, getting handouts ready, creating Power Point slides, emailing and taking care of our website and ourselves.


Here is my recommendation for today:  Instead of creating a “To Do” List in the morning, at the end of your day, create a “DONE” list, and put everything you did on it. Then, think about how totally awesome you are!



  1. Erick Dahlin on October 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Donna how are you? hope all is well!

    • admin on October 26, 2013 at 3:15 am

      Hi there Erick!

      How nice to hear from you. You can see that I am busily blogging and working away here in Emeryville. Would love to hear from you if you feel like calling. What do you think about this Big Red Chair??

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