Stepping Off The Bullet Train
I mentioned last week what an incredibly busy 8 weeks I’ve had. I’m thrilled life is slowing down, but now I face the task of getting back on track.
I’m behind on most everything in my life. I could be overwhelmed, looking like a deer in headlights not sure where to start. Thankfully I wrote a post back in February about getting back on track.
I thought I’d revisit it today, in the hope that it might help some of you as well.
1. Just Start
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.
2. Ignore the Past
Don’t worry about what you didn’t do yesterday or last week. Just focus on what you CAN do now.
3. Start Small
Give yourself grace and just start simply. Don’t expect to jump right back in to a super early wake up time and a daily gazillion 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.
4. Join Forces with a Friend
Find a friend to help motivate you and keep you accountable.
5. 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.
6. Plan It
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.
7. 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.
8. You Can Do It!!!!
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.
Today I’m guest posting over at Steady Mom – “Give Your Children the Best Day” – and I share a song that cuts me to the core. It’s about what I always wanted, will never have, but long to someday be. Read my post and listen to the song here.