So many good ideas here that I'm tempted to quote the whole thread in my reply. . .
For those who recommended focus, I agree with you, and that works well for my daily goals--like getting the dishes done. But it doesn't seem to give me a way to make progress on the larger goals, and I'm not quite ready to surrender those. I sometimes feel (from where, I do not know) a pressure to have *all* of my daily obligations completed before I even start thinking about the fun stuff--but the fun stuff is really closer to the root of what I want to be doing. I think that's the heart of my problem.
So I really liked Penelope's suggestion (thinking about how my "simplified life is going to give you more freedom to attend to yourself and your genuine needs, vs. maintaining all your stuff.") because it gives me a bit of a way to sort out which of my activities is most important.
Hibou, I also like what you say about noticing what I actually have done. I actually do have a meal plan in place, and a fairly decluttered kitchen--but (and you'll recognize this from a TF perspective) I end up feeling like I'm not doing enough of all those yogurt, stock, bread, ferment tasks. So I'm washing my dishes and nagging myself for making more headway on the TF front. And we haven't even started homeschooling yet. . . and spring is coming and I need to get ready to garden. . . . aaagh!
I notice that a lot of you who have this problem read a lot or are otherwise interested in ideas and creativity. Perhaps I should just try to turn this into an asset--I'm like this because I like to play with ideas, right? It's a good thing, right?
Lots of food for thought. I'm going to mull it over while doing. . . the dishes!