I Need a Vacation!

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I swear I was all caught up.  My emails were under control, the pile on my desk was diminishing, and I felt like I was finally getting my head above water.

Then BAM – out of nowhere – came a new list of “things to do.”

Now, I’m not complaining.  A couple of days ago I competed in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest and won.  I’m absolutely thrilled.  The competition was fierce and they really kept me on my toes.  Now I will move onto the next level to compete again – in just six days!  That means I will be calling club members for evaluations, changing and enhancing my speech, and practicing, practicing, practicing.  All that in addition to the work I already have scheduled this week.

So I’m trying to stay in control – to quiet those noises in my head.  The ones that make me feel anxious and discombobulated, like I’ll never get everything done on time.  So to help me, this is what I’ve decided:

I will work on one thing at a time!  I will block out all the distractions that surround me and focus on only what I need to get done. 

It sounds simple, but it’s not easy.  Those distractions are so tempting; so much more fun than focusing on my task at hand.  So I promised myself to shut off everything that dings and buzzes and rings.  Only once my project is done will I even begin to look at texts and emails and social media.  I refuse to venture down that dark hole that consumes so much of my time.  By the end of this week, I WILL have an amazing speech written and give my best “performance” in the contest on Saturday. 

Then – I’m going on vacation!  If only for a few days I’m taking a time-out and celebrate my efforts.  And, yes, to get caught up on all those emails!

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Calm the Crazy

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Some days I feel like I’m inside a pinball machine.  I’m bouncing all over the place, ricocheting off the sides, gaining speed and going nowhere.

I need to stop, focus and finish SOMETHING.  The physical piles on my desk and the digital ones in my computer keep growing.  I want to calm the crazy, but how???

Well, today I’m trying something new.  I bought a timer that is really cute – it’s shaped like an ice-cream cone – and I’ve started setting it for breaks.  That’s right, BREAKS!  A real time out during my day.  At first I thought: “I don’t have time for this,” but as I tested it I found that taking a short break really was refreshing. 

To take it one step further, I’ve decided to say three accomplishments out loud before I start my next challenge.  It might be something like:

  •   I just finished writing and posting my blog
  •   I let my family/friend know that I’m proud of them
  •   I just started reading that new book

It could be anything.  Basically, it shifts your mind from thinking of everything you have to do to all the great things you’ve already accomplished.  It truly is invigorating.

So stop thinking about your job, your credit score, your waistline, your retirement savings…  Take some time for yourself, even if it’s only five minutes and Calm Your Crazy.  Have fun with it.

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Have You Heard of the Gratitude Walk?

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Have you heard of this:

 The Gratitude Walk

I’m sure just about everyone has heard of the Gratitude List, but A Gratitude Walk???  When my good friend, Paul, mentioned this to me, I really became curious so I did what any open minded person would do…I googled it.

And I liked what I read.  Here is one article that I found very interesting: http://bit.ly/2g9Lv9u.

The idea is to walk every day and with each step, think about what you are grateful for. The thought of walking and being grateful at the same time sounded like a powerful combination to me.   And as I thought about it further, I realized it didn’t have to stop at a single word or a single thought.  It could be an entire story of something or someone I am grateful for.  It could be a total experience of something that happened in my life.

I really like this idea and want to try it immediately.  BUT…  (there’s that ugly word again).  Where do I begin my Gratitude Walk?  With snow on the ground and the sub zero weather, do I really want to take a walk outside?  If you are as driven as my friend, Paul, you do it anyway.  You zip up your warmest coat, wrap that scarf tightly around your neck, put on your best gloves and go out to face the weather.

However, I’m being honest here.  That’s not for  me.  So I’m left to figure out how I can do a daily Gratitude Walk when the weather is crummy.  Any ideas?  I’d love to hear them.  I’d really love to start a Gratitude Walk and I need your help.

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Procrastination – How Do You Deal With It?

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Are you a procrastinator?  Sometimes??  All the time???

I want to get this right so I actually looked up the definition of this word. I found several versions and this is just one of them:

“To put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done”  The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

It made me think – are we all procrastinators?  Do we all suffer from this in one form or another?   Actually, I believe we do.  Sometimes we procrastinate because something far more important takes the lead; other times it’s because we simply don’t want to do the task at hand.  No explanation is really needed – we just don’t want to do it.

Then I saw this TED talk on this same topic and I found it hysterical:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arj7oStGLkU. It’s only 15 minutes and I guarantee it will have you laughing out loud.

So, I guess I don’t have any formulas or charts or graphs to help you control your procrastination.  Just the realization that you are not alone.  We ALL procrastinate in one form or another.  So kick back with a cup of coffee, watch the video, laugh for a moment or two.  Then get back to your massive list of things to do.

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