“Either you run the day or the day runs you”. ~ Jim Rohn
We’re in the midst of one of the most beautiful holiday seasons, but one of the most hectic. How much energy do you have to survive the pressure? Can you get through it without a muddled mind, temper tantrums, and pure exhaustion? If you’re celebrating a holiday, you’re in the same boat with the rest of us paddling as fast as you can to get to that happy place when the rush is over. But there’s no need to suffer through it.
We’re all allotted a certain amount of energy every day. Some people have a gallon. Some less. For years I was a quart person, and I managed to work 2 jobs and raise 3 kids. But over the years, I’ve become a pint person, and it’s hard getting everything done, especially in a rush season like now. In the past, none of the time/energy management plans worked for me, so I devised a plan that works well. I call it my go, push, and stop method.
It doesn’t put me in bondage, and it gives me time to relax and have some fun.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it”. ~ Lou Holtz
1.) Make a list and prioritize. Knowing ahead of time what you need saves time and energy, and getting it out of your head and onto the paper avoids mental overload and lowers your stress level.
2.) Make a habit of self-awareness. If you’re not aware of what’s going on inside, you can become overwhelmed without realizing it until you’re immobilized and can’t get anything done. So you need a barometer for stress and energy levels. Several times a day, close your eyes and monitor your feelings: happy, calm, anxious, pressured, tired? If it’s the latter, you need to back up for a while. Imagine a cubby hole in your head where you can store material you can’t get to right now, then take it out later when you have more time and energy to deal with it. Unclutter your mind and preserve your energy. This puts you in control.
3.) Listen to what your body tells you, and start out with your to-do list when your energy is at its highest level. You can function in 3 modes. Go, Push, and Stop.
A.) As long as your energy is flowing, function in the Go mode. Keep going and get as much done as you can.
B.) When you feel your energy level drop, move into the Push mode. Pace yourself, you can still get a lot done pushing ahead.
C.) When your body says you’re too tired to push anymore, turn on the Stop mode and Stop. If you have errands left over, put that material in your mental cubby hole for later.
4.) Rest!! And if you didn’t finish your list, allow that to be okay. Take off your shoes, put your feet up, and express gratitude for the capable person you are. You deserve to take a break.
If you didn’t accomplish everything today, know that who and what you are is not measured by your energy level, so find no fault with yourself. Obey what your body tells you, and use Push, Go, and Stop for a happier holiday, and use it all year for a happier heart. Do your best, and love who you are. You are worth loving.
I wish you time and energy to smile through it all.
Marilyn Fowler, Author