Monday morning, rise and shine! It’s a new beginning, a fresh start, a day for opportunities to abound!
Don’t even talk to me before I’ve had my coffee.
Then get your coffee Ms. Crabpatch and get busy. Just take a look at the gorgeous sky.
Do you realize the temperatures are in the single digits? Maybe I’ll just crawl back into bed.
Now is that any way to accomplish your goals? Where’s your resolve for those plans you made? Are you giving up that quickly?
Please tell me I’m not the only one who has those self-talks. It’s like the angel on one shoulder, demon on the other, each of them whispering into my head, but I have to make the choice.
It’s true – the week is full of opportunities. Monday is the start of a fresh new week, a chance to have this week count as a success in my planner. Before I started using my bullet journal, I had plans in my head. I kept a mental to-do list and rarely got past the first two.
But then I discovered the bullet journal! This amazing tool is priceless to me. I don’t keep it up every day, and I’m not going to stress over that. Life has gotten pretty crazy over the past year and I’ve learned to chill out and do what I can and go with the flow when I need to.
One of the ways that I feel that my bullet journal, or bujo for short, has helped me is that I have my daily to-do list. When I first started, I wrote out my daily wishlist as my todo list. It looked something like this:
- Housekeeping (sweep, mop, vacuum, clean counter, clean bathrooms, dust, clear clutter out of living room)
- writing – blog, Point #3, 2 scenes, 2500 words
- exercise – walking, aquacise, weights
- appointment if I had one that day
- MLO job – correspondence with emails, check sop updates, check rates, make calls, upload documents.
Now my daily to-do list looks more like this:
- MLO job -make calls, correspondence, upload documents, etc ( there really isn’t much I can do to change what needs to be done at a job that someone else is paying me to do a specific job.)
- HOusekeeping: chore of the day – focused on one room
- Writing -1000 words minimum,
- exercise: aquacize 45 minutes
- Scheduled appointments
At first glance, you may not notice a big difference but it’s there. realistically, I know I am not going to get the entire house clean in one day. I’ve decided to focus on one area per day. Since I’ve been doing it this way, my house is cleaner. It’s not where I want it to be yet, but that’s because of the clutter. Much improved, but still room for more improvement.
I have to do certain tasks for the dayjob, so that doesn’t change other than I don’t stress out about it like I used to. There are days when I only get a couple tasks completed, and that’s OK. Some processes take longer than others.
My daily word count used to be 2500. It will go back up to that but for now, I am trying to hit at least 1000 words daily. To be honest, on days when I have appointments or therapy, it may not happen. Last Friday I had an appointment, I couldn’t concentrate before the appointment, then afterwards I crashed! I didn’t realize that I had been so keyed up over that appointment, but apparently I was. I got a whole whopping 460 words last Friday – I still count that as a win because I got some words.
My point is, back to the opportunities; by not putting a bunch of constraints on my schedule, I have the flexibility to adapt to those urgent things that pop up unexpected. Before, I never allowed ten minutes downtime so if anything happened, anything, I was stressed and freaking out because I didn’t have the wiggle room. For instance – being stuck in traffic. I sat in traffic for nearly 2 hours on a drive that should have been thirty-five minutes. It was aggravating, but I took the opportunity to enjoy the music on the radio. It was soothing. What could have been a very stressful 2 hours turned out to be calming. I couldn’t do anything about it anyway but in the past I would have been biting my nails, yelling at the moron driver who caused the accident up ahead and probably using some colorful metaphors in my monolog!
We can take the opportunity to take charge of our lives, how we deal with what life throws at us or we can take the approach that we are helpless victims being tossed about by the wind and waves. The storms are going to happen so be prepared! Some of them can be avoided. Sometimes we get caught out in the rain. Other times, we have plenty of warning.
Seize the day while you can!
By the way, I stayed up, I went to my exercise class, I did the things, and I feel better for it. Regret is a hard task master that I plan to avoid! There is nothing that can beat you down faster than a bad case of the ‘should-haves’.
Is there one thing that you can do today to improve your outlook or decrease your stress levels?
Write on my friends, write on!