I found the answer a few days ago. Actually, I was given the answer by my forever-wise mama. Cutting myself some slack doesn’t mean starting the day with a shorter to-do list. I had been trying to decide what things should be cut out of my day so my list could be completed. This is discouraging because all the fun stuff (decorating, coffee with a girlfriend, writing) gets cut first and I still wasn’t able to check everything off my list. If you think about it, the fact that I’m wearing clothes right now means there will be dirty laundry when I go to bed tonight. It’s all about not being so hard on myself at the end of the day. It’s about knowing I worked hard or even that I played hard and it’s okay to be okay with that. I was looking for slack at the start of the day, but really it’s needed at the end. Reminds me of maternity clothes; gives a little extra room where I need it but keeps me from getting caught with my pants down.