What Happened to Yesterday?

Often I find myself asking this question:  What happened to yesterday?

I wonder where the time went and why I didn't carry out what I set out to do yesterday. I look at the work I needed to do, and it's all still waiting for me. So, I usually sit down with a cup of coffee and start sorting through my to do's from yesterday as well as today's. Trying to figure out how to get it all done in this 24 hours I've been given.

And you know what? It's likely impossible to get two days' worth of tasks done in one day. I know that. You know that. And yet we sit and try to juggle things into one day, maybe 24 hours, maybe less if you like to sleep.

Attribution: Gigi Meyer
Attribution: Gigi Meyer

A couple of weeks ago we were driving by a church in our neighborhood and saw the quote on this image. It struck me I'm guilty of doing just that.

I've been letting yesterday use up today's time.

Fretting over what I didn't do. Worrying over what is left to be done on my to do list. Make that plural -- lists!

What if I took that energy spent letting yesterday interfere with today and just got on with it, whatever it might be?

I might get some things done. I might even get that memoir written I've been working on for how long now? I'd rather not talk about that.

But that is what it boils down to, isn't it? Fussing about what didn't happen 24 hours ago, what those hours didn't see completed, isn't going to add anything to today.

Instead, the fussing, fretting, hassling over yesterday's unfinished work only hinders the completion of anything today.

Here's my new course of action:

  1. If yesterday didn't go as planned, let go of it.
  2. Take a brief look at what didn't get done yesterday, prioritize it and move the most important items to the top of today's list.
  3. Start working down the list, making the most of today to catch up.
  4. At the end of the day, whether I worked through every single item or not, repeat steps 1-3.

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“Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred
yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only
continue to hurt you
if you hold on to it. Let the past go.
A simply abundant world awaits. (January 11)”

― Sarah Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy