The Whiney Paragraph
I was sick for most of February and my kids were sick the rest of it. You name it, we had it. Allergies, sinus infections, bad reactions to antibiotics, fever, chills, stomach bugs and so much more. It was NOT fun.
The Confessional Paragraph
As a result, I didn’t get up at my usual time of 5:30 for at least 3 weeks. My Bible study times were sporadic. I apparently forgot what working out felt like. My blogs fell silent. And my to do list piled up just like my laundry.
We finally started feeling better in the beginning of March. It was a critical juncture. I had two choices. I could feel overwhelmed or I could choose to overcome.
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I’m happy to report that I am overcoming and getting back on track. Here are a few tips that helped me. I hope you find them helpful when you get off track.
Today is the best day to get back on track. Don’t wait until tomorrow or next Monday. Start right now. Yes, now. Go ahead. Start.
Ignore the past
Don’t worry about what you didn’t do yesterday or last week. Just focus on what you CAN do now.
Give yourself grace and just start simply. Don’t expect to jump right back in to a 5:30 wake up time and a daily 3 mile run. Start small again and work your way back up. It might take a couple days, or it might take a couple weeks, but something is better than nothing and momentum will get you to your goal.
Join Forces with a Friend
Find a friend to help motivate you and keep you accountable.
Rely on Your Routines
If you don’t have a routine in place, it’s really hard to get back on track. So make sure you have a routine in place that you can rely on when you get off track.
In addition to a basic system (morning routine, cleaning routine etc) you need to plan how you’ll tackle the backlog of laundry, errands and responsibilities that have accumulated.
Take 15 minutes to list all the things you need to do. (You can use this handy FREE “to-do” form.) Write them down and then number them and put them in order of importance. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we have our to do list floating around in our head. Things seem so much more manageable when we aren’t constantly trying to remember what it is we need to do.
So, get that list out of your head and onto some paper. When you have a list, you only need to remember the next item on that list. It will significantly reduce feelings of being overwhelmed.
One Task At A Time
Rome wasn’t built in a day and Mt. Laundry won’t be conquered in 24 hours either. Things didn’t pile up overnight. So don’t feel like you need to catch up overnight. Take your plan and do one thing at a time.
Conclusion and Community
Getting back on track can feel overwhelming, but it’s simple if we just start, plan it and take it one task at a time. Narrow your focus so that you just see the next step. Climbing a mountain is hard, but taking one step is easy.
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