Are we committing to stress?

We say yes, yes, yes. To ourselves and others.

Once we get started, we view everything as one big task and think, "this is impossible." Each day, we jump in without focus, bouncing between our obligations. No matter how hard we work, it feels like nothing is getting done.

We can't sleep. We can't eat. Soon, we feel drained. Progress becomes physically impossible. We think, "I need a vacation."

We have no energy to plan a trip, so we stay home. All that matters is we escape our reality for a while.

A week later, our staycation is over. We start the day, read through emails, and check in on what needs to get done. We think, "this is impossible."

Most things can wait. Start with the few that can't.