My friend Becky shared this quote with me this week:

“My whole life I have been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted, until I discovered the interruptions were my work.”   ~~  Henri Nouwen

Wow!  If that doesn’t describe motherhood, I don’t know what does!

Seriously…do you ever feel like you can’t get anything done because of all the interruptions?  The baby cries.  The toddler wakes up. The teenager needs help with his homework.  The hubby needs you to run an errand. 

But what if we looked at those interruptions as our actual work?  In the Hearts at Home book, Professionalizing Motherhood, I share that my sense of accomplishment improved when I stopped making a “to do” list at the beginning of the day and began doing a “did today” list  at the end of the day.  The “did today” list includes all of the interruptions I certainly don’t plan on but very much accomplish each day.

If you are wondering what you are accomplishing…why don’t you give this a try?  I find it helps me keep valuable perspective! 

What about you?  What strategies do you use to keep a right perspective on accomplishment in your day?

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