You know those days when you have a full to-do list but can’t seem to find the traction to get started? That’s been my day today. Wednesdays are usually our crazy day, but due to yesterday’s snow our morning activities were cancelled. This left me three extra hours to accomplish more, yet at 1pm I found myself wondering where my motivation had gone.
That’s when I remembered a post I read a few days ago by Kara over at Boho Berry, took her advice and got myself back in gear. The success I found reminded me of a few other tips, and I decided the only right thing to do was share them with you. So here you go. 🙂
- Kara’s fabulous advice was to create an If…Then sheet, which you can read about on her blog here. I’ll let you check out her list for yourself so you get the full idea (it’s toward the end of the post). Since I was feeling blah after lunch, I chose to listen to a podcast on a topic I’m researching while drinking coffee (and maybe having a cookie or two).
- One of my all-time favorite tricks for diving in and getting something—anything!—done is one I learned from FlyLady: set a timer. As a friend told me over a decade ago, “You can do anything for 30 minutes.” When it’s a rough day, even 10-15 minutes are a win.
- Finding a running buddy is always a great way to keep yourself moving forward. This week I made a new friend on Facebook, and every morning we let the other know if we got up on time. Just knowing she’s expecting my text, even though we’ve never met, helps me get out of bed in the morning.
- Take a quick self-assessment. Have you been pushing yourself beyond your limit? Are you eating well, getting adequate rest, and making time for friends and fun? Maybe the best way to move forward is to take a short break or even take the rest of the day. Often when I give myself permission to check out until the following morning I find myself returning to work more focused than ever.
I sincerely hope today is a fabulous day for you and these are tips you simply add to your toolbox for a later date. But if not, go take care of yourself, be gentle, and be well.