It is 9:35 a.m. as I write this post, and my day has already gone awry!
How could it go awry so early?
It really didn't start out that way. My alarm went off at 6:00, and I got up initially. I went through my usual routine: fed the animals, wrote in my 5-minute journal, completed my bible reading, and practiced my 10-minute guided meditation.
But I just didn't feel right. I felt sluggish with a slight headache.
My solution was to go back to sleep for an additional 45 minutes. And you know what? It was the best thing I could have done for myself. I got up at 7:20 and was ready to go.
There are many days when I wouldn't have had the choice to go back to sleep. I would have had to put on my big girl pants and would have trudged through the day.
Today I had a choice though, and I knew what my body needed. I didn't panic. I simply recalculated how my day is going to go. I made some adjustments, and I've been super productive in the last two hours.
Sometimes we panic when our day goes awry. So, how do we overcome it?
1. Take a deep breath, and remind yourself that there is no need to panic. It doesn't do any good to freak out. In fact, it will only throw the day into more chaos.
2. If one deep breath doesn't cut it, take as many as necessary.
3. Now that you are calm, write down what absolutely needs to get done today. The list should only be 3-5 items tops. The top priority goes first.
4. Attack the items on the list with focused blocks of work time, then take a break. I personally am a proponent of working for 25 minutes and then taking a 5 minute break (the pomodoro method). Do whatever works for you.
5. As you finish each item, mark it off your list and go to the next one.
6. Before you know it, you will be back on track.
What happens if you don't get everything accomplished that you had planned? Don't sweat it. For whatever reason, it wasn't mean to get done today.
Get over it.
Be satisfied with what you did get done today.
Reflect on the positives and let the rest go.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.