My week is a chaotic mix of To Do Lists and Deadlines. I know, everyones’ lives are like that in their own ways (which is why I thought I’d mention it).
In spite of the chaos, I’m realizing a few things about how I’ve changed over time. I don’t start my workdays in a frenzy anymore, just trying to work as fast as I can so I can be done. Instead, I just make my To Do List each morning and plug away at it.
Yesterday, I worked from 6am till 11pm (with a gym break and a dinner break and a short TV/blog-reading break in there). Some of the things I worked on were not due yet, and one thing (my yoga teacher training final exam) was past its deadline. In fact, I’m still not done with that, but I will be tomorrow. I didn’t have to work so much yesterday, but as a result of doing it, I can take Friday off (if I keep being productive until then)!
What I’ve decided about primarily working at home now is that I have to provide myself with some structure or one of two things will happen: (1) I’ll never get anything done or (2) I’ll work all the time and never stop.
I need to find a balance between that determination I was talking about a few days ago and just doing the everyday work tasks and maintaining my current status quo—I have to consciously have the intention to be determined, or I default into letting life happen to me.
After the holidays, I found myself sleeping till 7:30, meandering around drinking coffee and perusing the Internet for a while every morning…and then starting my work around 10am. Granted, I had winter break for a few classes I was teaching, so I could afford to do that, but I realized that even without teaching face-to-face classes this semester, I could easily fill up all that “free” time and end up with nothing to show for it.
I tend to be an All or Nothing person.
Two years ago, I got determined—I had a full-time wellness coaching job, and I was also teaching online… There were two goals in mind: 1. I wanted to pay off my student loans. 2. I wanted to be able to quit my full-time job and work from home. First, I paid off the loans, and Second, I quit the job–it happened in less than a year, because I was determined. I woke up every morning at 4:30 to work online, and then I worked all day, went home and worked some more. I didn’t mind, but it probably wasn’t so balanced.
My schedule made me value maintaining healthy lifestyle habits—I knew I’d have to have energy and feel good in order to do all that work. I also loved making payments on my loans as the money rolled in–it was really satisfying. My regimen allowed me to be super productive and not have it wear me down (too much). I had a defined purpose, and a defined path by which to get there.
I WANT to get that determination and direction back—and I’m 90% there.
It won’t happen by me sleeping in till 7:30 every morning. Or by saying Yes to things that don’t get me closer to my goals (so my grandpa pressuring me into getting a “normal” job won’t work this time).
I don’t have a New Year’s resolution this year, but I am working as hard as I can to amp my determination back up. I love the feeling of making things happen in my life. It’s time to make more things happen!
In a little while, I’ll share with you what the project is that I’m working on.
For the next two days, I’m working on finishing all the tasks on my To Do list for this week. Then, I will define my Next Steps–so I am planning to make a plan, I suppose. (I’m not a multi-tasker—I used to think I was, but I’m not. Therefore, I can’t work on my plan until my plate is clean, but I want to schedule in the planning or I might put it off).
I’m really interested in hearing about how other people get themselves to feel “determined” and then how they turn that determination into action and results.
How do you make things happen in your life? Do you just do it? Make plans and stick to them (or have trouble sticking to them)?
Have you ever set goals and made a plan, and worked your butt off to get what you want?
p.s. I’ve been trying to use the Thrive Style facebook page more effectively lately–I know a lot of people who “Like” it don’t come to the blog, so I decided to try and make that a place where I share info too (smaller bits and pics at a time). I do plan to blog more than I did last semester (I had no plan and not much determination in the fall based on many new things in my schedule), so I’ll be covering a lot of topics that I’ve been asked about and haven’t followed through on yet (anxiety and food is at the top of the list).