3 Tips to Curb the Chaos in your schedule
Anyone else living on fast Forward? I can't believe it's the end of January already! Can you? So when I sent out my survey in December to ask what is holding you back from being the healthiest version of you the majority of you said:
Having No TIME and YOUR SCHEDULE being out of control.
What to do about that?
Schedule less...I know this sounds like a crazy impossible feat that can't happen, but you can do it. Try these 3 tips to keep your week manageable.
1) Just say no! You will have to say no to fun things as well as things you really do not want to commit to at this time. For example, if a friend asks you to coffee and your week is already crazy, you can schedule it for another week in the future. You will be calmer and enjoy yourself more if you aren't running from one thing to the next.
2) Start your mornings slow. I do this just about every day. This will help you to set the tone of your day even if your schedule seems a little crazy. What's my slow start look like? Wake up usually without an alarm between 6-7 am, drink a small glass of water (for an internal shower) while making my pour over coffee, sit and drink said coffee quietly while petting my dogs, then write 3 pages of whatever comes into my head. This is the minimum morning routine that has been happening every day for a while now. It may expand if I have more time. And I will get up a little earlier if I have a morning meeting to fit it in. When that is complete, I continue with the rest of my day... eat, shower, get dressed ect...
3) Create a Model Calendar. You might have heard about this concept if you are a business owner, but it helps for life stuff too. You put in the things that are most important to you first in your calendar. This could be things that make you healthy like workouts, walks, yoga class, and your bedtime. Dinners with your family, time off, and then see what time you have left for all the rest of the things you have to or want to do. Maybe striving to do a little less. Work will always expand into the time you allow and there are always chores to do. (This is constantly evolving for me and don't be surprised if it does the same for you, but paying attention to your calendar this way does help to control it and see where your weaknesses are. I mean what you will bend your rules for even when you don't really want to!
I hope this give you a couple of things to think about as you look at your week. Maybe you can make some adjustments in the weeks ahead to your schedule using these tips.
Let me know if you give it a go.
It’s been a bumpy start to my New Year. I was lucky enough to get sick. I know many of you or your loved ones were/are also sick over the Christmas holiday and now into the New Year.
(Co-vid, Flu, Colds, sore throats, RSV, and many other ailments are running amuck.) And I want you to know you are not alone. Aren’t we done with all this yet?
I ended up having a viral pink eye. This is no ordinary pink eye I have ever experienced. It came on suddenly like a hot poker to my right eyeball waking me up out of a deep sleep. It was quite disconcerting. I had a restless night to say the least. Apparently, you can get a mild case or a severe case that affects your vision. I had the later.
A trip to the minute clinic ended in a prescription for antibiotics for a possible sinus infection and eye drops. I thought that was great, I'll feel better tomorrow. Pinkeye no big deal.
Two days later no improvement with my vision getting worse. It was very scary. I could not read my phone, watch tv, be in bright light, drive my car, or keep my eyes open for any length of time. So, I basically could do nothing that I could usually enjoy or at least keep me distracted when I am normally home sick.
A visit to the eye doctor and new drops, slowly started to improve the pain and redness. The whites of my eyes were blood red. Cue the vampire movie montage. But it took another 3 days for my eyes to get clearer and clearer. There was a point in the car when my husband was driving me so I could get to the studio and check something out, and I just burst into tears. He said, “what’s wrong?" People get sick.
A-HA. Yes! We do! And isn't that just a fact. This hit me and was exactly what I needed to hear to put things into perspective.
I was just frustrated and feeling helpless.
No one wants to get sick or see a friend or family member sick. But we are human, and sickness happens. Never when you are ready for it.
In my mind, I was worried about how behind I was from these days of total stillness. Or doing nothing. The most nothing ever! I can't even remember the last time I had so many days of nothing in a row.
All the worries came rushing in! New Years has traditionally been a fresh start for me. I enjoy it very much. That was ruined by this sickness.
There is an awful lot of internal pressure we put on ourselves. All the plans, work, stuff I needed to be accomplished will still be there for me to get back to no matter how long it may take.
This is all in our minds. This feeling of getting behind, not being able to keep up, or not being able to take time to take care of ourselves.
We have to change our thinking. Because it’s not true.
This is a story we tell ourselves. SO many of our stories are harmful to our well-being. What story are you telling yourself about something that is going on with you right now?
This week I’m probably going to have to take things slowly. I am going to accept that. It just is. My eyes are way better but not yet 100% and sometimes injuries and illness take time to recover from. We don’t get to choose how much time it takes.
Attitude, Mindset, Self-Talk, asking for help all contribute to us recovering.
Practicing yoga, meditation, self-care, and mindfulness gives us the resilience to handle these situations when they present themselves.
By getting into a habit of exploring and practicing these habits regularly, we fill ourselves up to be ready for the challenges that will come in life no matter how they present in our lives.
Be well and take care of you! Let me know how you are doing in the comments below. What do you do to help you get through a difficult time?
This blog is a reflection of things going on my life and the world around us. Through yoga we always try to look at things in a different light!