If you are reading this post right now you are probably feeling very similar to how I’ve been feeling over the past three weeks.
Maybe you know someone who is inundated with life stressors. Pass this post on to them. Here are 3 keys to staying ‘on track’ during the holidays.
1) Stop – When I am feeling like everything is in disarray, the absolute worst thing I can do is accelerate forward with the hope of hitting a few big ‘to-dos’ on my way. When you recognize that life and/or work are getting cluttered, slam on the brakes! Trust me, stopping everything for a few hours (or even a whole day) will not cause a calamitous event in the universe. Zebras will not lose their stripes. The IRS will not deposit $1,000,000 to your bank account. And yes, you will still be willing to pay $5 for a cup of coffee. Take time to pray, go for a walk, get a needed nap,
2) Focus – Use Evernote (or an actual note pad) to jot down everything you feel has been dropped. Those work tasks you haven’t touched in about a month. The family dinner you still need to make happen. The reading you need/want to do because……dang it, that material simply doesn’t pop into your head when you wake up in the morning. Next, prioritize this list and put it in your calendar (I learned this from Jim Wideman). This is the planning phase. Don’t….I repeat…..don’t make this too difficult! Keep it small and clear.
3) Restart – Now, take a big breath and let it out s l o w l y. Set yourself DOABLE goals each day and pace yourself. Celebrate the little victories, and give yourself some grace when you drop the ball…..it happens!
Now, when things begin to get ‘off track’ again…..revisit #1 above.