3 Strategies For When You're Feeling Behind
The "school year" just began and I'm already falling behind. When everyone around me is buzzing with productive energy and momentum, I feel slow in getting a firm handle on upcoming family plans, Bodie's activities or work projects I've meant to get underway.
I had a recent morning where the brain gears were feeling especially rusty as compared to my meeting companion. I returned to my usual work space and whined to a couple of other mothers navigating this grey space between work and home. They gave me the following counsel to get back into a good head space:
1. Calendar like crazy
I thought that by having two days dedicated to working, my schedule was as organized and balanced as it could be but a friend and her business coach recommended I commit a dedicated portion of that time to meetings and the rest to gunning through my to-dos. Otherwise, travel time to meetings ends up chipping away at both days and you end up constantly frustrated or distracted by the hours gone.
I downloaded this app to focus my days.
2. Set aside one hour for something non-kid/husband/work related
The trick to this one is that ideally, it should be the same thing every week - like reading a chapter in a book, a yoga or painting class, etc. Having a sliver of time that you're learning again gives you something you can look forward to, draw inspiration from, use to re-center and gives a feeling of personal progress. Progress begets progress meaning feeling accomplished in one area may drive more momentum and focus elsewhere.
A friend shared this online class which is a low lift way to build an hour of reflection into my week.
3. Drink water instead of wine (for a week)
Sluggishness can sometimes be the brain flagging you down. While I think my calendar and mind needs some focusing, I could also make a case that my body is dragging me down a bit. If nothing else, a bit of a conscious detox - whether it's moderating sugar or alcohol - creates a sense of doing right by your body and that level of intention starts to pull you out of the rut.
What would you add to this list? Are you feeling a burst of energy right now or feeling like you're still playing catch up? Would love to hear! xo
Featured Image via Jenni Kayne