I’ve got a test tomorrow, I’ll be up all night. I’ve got a wedding next month, working out seven days a week now. I’m sorry officer but I was running late to a really important meeting. How much does life suck when you’re behind the eight ball? It’s the price you pay when you are ill prepared for your day, for your life.
When there’s no margin in your life, the sense of overwhelm is daunting and beyond stressful. It’s like trying to meditate for 5 minutes before you have to leave for the office, take the kids to school, or make it to your spin class. Interestingly, people who live in this mode have made a choice to do so. The good news, there’s a chance today to start enjoying a more productive, peaceful life and it starts with a choice. More specifically, the choice to be prepared for your life’s demands.
Grab a sheet of paper, line down the middle. On the left side of the paper, jot down the events of your stressful day yesterday. It may be something like this:
- Set the alarm for 545am, snoozed till 630am
- Rushed to make the kids breakfast and rushed them to eat quickly
- Flew out of the house at 8am to get them to school by 815am
- Ran to my 9am spin class hoping theres a bike left for me
- Swallowed down a bagel with cream cheese because I realized I never ate this morning
You can see how the rest of this day plays out…what choices could you have made differently that would have a positive impact on your day? On your life?
By the way, I’m about 20 pounds overweight, always tired and stressed, I mostly eat on the run, I struggle to get 6 hours sleep and my spouse says I’m miserable when I don’t work out. #thisismylife
STOP–lets pause here, take a breath and be constructive. This was your day yesterday but today is going to be different. It’s quite simple, don’t make the same decisions you made yesterday. Now on the right side of your paper, mark down where you could make some improvements. It may go something like this:
***Let’s focus tonight on what you’ve got to do tomorrow, write down the most important things you have to get done today, everything else is secondary.
Step 1 – Get up when your alarm goes off and walk directly to your simple plan for the day
Step 2 – Go make yourself and your children breakfast, wake them gently and not make your problems their problems
Step 3 – Leave 10 minutes earlier than you have to so you can enjoy getting your kids to school and “be” with them
Step 4 – Plan to make it to your SPIN class 15 minutes early so you can mentally and physically prepare for class
Step 5 – Head home to make the omelet and enjoy the fresh fruit you’ve prepared for yourself the night before
So on and so forth. Same person, same day, owning her life as opposed to reacting to it. This is all possible with a little preparation. The sensation that comes from being prepared for your life is indescribable but try it…you may actually start to thrive a little.