Falling off the wagon

Photo courtesy of Courtney Dirks (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of Courtney Dirks (Creative Commons)

I had aced the whole “planning-the-week” process. I was spending time on Sunday afternoons to plan out and schedule the tasks and projects I needed to work on during the week, complete with reminders on the calendar and time built in for a little fun. I had that down.

And I was getting things done. For once in my life, I was moving smoothly through the week, completing things, and feeling good about my accomplishments.

*sound effect of screeching tires*

I didn’t really see it coming. It totally snuck up behind me.

I took on one extra responsibility, but I’m not blaming my downfall on that.

What I didn’t do is continue what was working so well. I got sucked into the new project and instead of taking a step back to continue planning the week with time for that project built in, I let it rule my focus.

I continued to float for a week. Things still got done, but not at the rate as before. But then as more time went by, the more out-of-whack my world felt. It suddenly dawned on me what was wrong when I got up Saturday morning feeling so overwhelmed that I felt ineffective at everything I touched. Even habitual things felt wrong.

For some people, planning the week may seem like torture, and blocks on the calendar and reminders may just be like fingernails on the blackboard.

For me, however, the appointments and reminders allow me to let go of that “thing” and focus my whole attention on whatever I’m working on, rather than have part (usually a large part) of my brain trying to remember that I need to stop at the bank and the post office on the way home, start laundry and work on the minutes from the last committee meeting.

So I am working hard to remedy the situation. Once again, I spent time on Sunday reviewing my week, and planning out some of the major tasks and projects that need to be completed. I blocked out time on the calendar, which I can move if something else comes up, but which at least serves as a placeholder or my “flag” to remind me that it needs to be done.

The sense of liberation is incredible. Yes, I still have WAY more to do than I can ever hope to accomplish, but I have a plan now. And surprisingly, once I actually worked on some things that were looming, they didn’t take very long and now are completed. What a relief.

How do you stay in control when your life gets too busy?


One thought on “Falling off the wagon

  1. Good post Carol. Everybody has their way of doing things. You need to stick with yours. When you get off that path is when things get a little off kilter.
    Plan that work. Work that plan.

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