There’s nothing like the start of an up hill week to keep you humble. It’s an amazing thing how Friday can bring such a natural tapering of events and urgency, but Monday never fails to re-open the flood gates. C’est la vie, I suppose. Which brings me to #23to30 guideline #6:
Over the last year I’ve tried to routinize myself enough to set aside a chunk of time on Mondays for circling back on loose ends and setting a basic plan for the next 5 days. It’s always humbling, and somewhat overwhelming, to look at the full list of to-do’s, so I like to take a moment (coffee in hand, in immediate route to belly) to make an execution plan. Workload isn’t something that scares me – believe me, I love to work and I’m terrible at vacation – but I have to have a plan or even smallest sense of organization and structure. I need a strategy for how and why I am doing things and big picture approach – without that, I suffer from what feels like a severe adult case of no-freaking-focus syndrome. I’m pretty sure that’s not an actual ‘medical’ diagnosis, but it should be, because I think all my friends have had it at one time or another (we’re probably just passing it back and forth via viral emails and Facebook posts).
The reality is, no mater what, I’ll eventually get it all done, but I’d prefer to not waste my time (or others’) to get there. Whether it’s work, life, or a combination therein, it all seems to be about perspective and and vision. When both of those things are present in the foundation, it’s not so hard to deal with the unexpected, or adjust on the fly. All in stride, and all with a deep breath, and all with trusty cup of coffee (or beautiful glass of wine).
So far this week has required many moments of pause, coffee drinking, and list-making….and the fact that it’s not even half way over should probably scare me, but thankfully the careful structure of my sweat schedule has added an extra precautionary layer to boost my mental preparedness.
This weeks goal is a head down, strategy in focus, and a hard march on toward the end-zone as a restart to this final quarter. The holidays are coming sooner than we think, and it’s time to get prepped, so who’s with me? I’ve got barely three weeks until I turn 30 and you better believe that 29 is going to finish out stronger than it started….and this year has certainly been a big one so it’s go time.