This is Dan. He's the lead singer for the British indie pop band Bastille. My husband Jack and I went to their concert. On a Tuesday. It was basically a two-hour dance party.
As a result of that concert, the following happened the rest of the week:
1. This is only my second blog post of the week. I usually write three or four.
2. I'm already behind in my Tribe Writers writing course by three days.
3. I went to the gym exactly zero times this week.
4. The laundry is out of control.
5. I did very little reading when I average 30-45 minutes a day.
6. I barely kept my head above water at school.
7. I'm behind on writing my newsletters.
8. I'm still tired.
I blame it all on Bastille!
If only it was that easy. As we all know though, it isn't, but how often do we lay down excuses and blame others for things that we need to own? Many times we like to blame people, things, or situations that are completely irrational. Like my lame attempt at blaming Bastille for my lack of productivity the rest of the week.
I know what happened in my case is that the week simply got away from me. I had a commitment almost everyday after school, and I didn't come up with alternatives. Since I knew I had places to go after school, I should have at least gone for a walk or hopped on the elliptical for 20-30 minutes in the morning. Instead of trying to do all the laundry in one evening, I should have done one load each night. I could have used my lunch time to do some writing or reading if I wasn't going to be able to do it later.
The key is making the adjustments instead of letting them stack up on us. There will always be things that pop up spontaneously, but we that doesn't mean we get to let everything slide. Instead, we need to take a step back and look at what we missed out on and then readjust for the rest of the week.
I'm a big proponent of having three MITs (Most Important Tasks) each day. If two don't get done, then they get bumped to the next day and only one more can be added. We need to write them down where we will see them to remind us.
The most important thing to remember is to not get overwhelmed. When things slide as they sometimes do, take a deep breath, jump back in, and know that everything will be okay.
Oh, and don't blame Bastille.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.