You’re probably very aware of just how challenging it is to try and keep up with multiple areas of your life all at the same time. Between your relationships, health, finances, work, hobbies, and personal time … how do you get it all done?
The truth is you can’t. Or at least, you can’t get it all done at the same time.
I love how David Allen says that you can do anything you want but you can’t do everything you want. And that is an extremely liberating mindset.
It is all too easy to feel regret over not having gotten everything done during a certain timeframe. (Such as at the end of a calendar year.)
But depending on what it is you’re feeling regret over, perhaps you should turn that regret into celebration instead.
Now, if someone had taken a significant amount of their time and squandered it on something that didn’t even matter to them, then, well, yes, I would regret that as well. That is a regret in having neglected to do something awesome by do something lesser-than instead.
But perhaps you’ve had to compromise something good so that you could do something great. Perhaps you didn’t get your book idea written last year because your free time was spent focusing on your family or your health…
You probably had several great things you wanted to do, but had to pick just a few of them. If so, then consider thinking of it from a place of celebration.
Instead of feeling regret over what you didn’t do, celebrate what you did do.