A couple of weeks ago, I spent five hours on a task that should have taken one. It honestly was stupid. I kept looking for the perfect, scalable tech solution for something that I was prototyping. With every passing hour, I became more agitated.
As my deadline approached, I stole a page from Tim Ferris and asked: "What would this look like if it were easy?" This simple question changed my whole approach. I've started asking this regularly: At the start of every project, any time I'm stuck, and even at home.
For example, Chloe's birthday is 38 days away. (We have a countdown to work on numbers.) What does her party look like if it were easy? Scheduling it in the afternoon so that I need less food. Making it a princess tea themed so that we can invite a smaller squad of girls versus the whole class. And, getting most of the treats pre-made. She's still thrilled, and this feels doable.
As working moms, let's train ourselves to default to easy. Life's hard enough without us adding to it.