This week I had a much needed day off. Spring and summer are two of our busier seasons and we had been swamped since the beginning of May. I had been compiling a mental laundry list of to-dos for days preparing for today. BUT, I didn’t write any of it down. No list. After barely getting started, I felt like I was playing to win without a playbook. I felt off my game. Everything was incomplete … while trying to tackle laundry, I’d see something else that needed to be taken out (think trash) and miss the block; causing a fumble! My focus was gone. Focus … there was no focus for my time. Running here and there without a plan does not result in a win at the end of the day. I needed my playbook to bring me back to task.
After about an hour of running from task to task and not feeling the yardage, I sat down and drew the play. What had to be done today? What should be done today? What would I like to get done today that could really wait? Most important down to the least. Start at the top and stay focused … check, check-check! You get the picture.
When the ball gets fumbled, or the quarterback gets sacked, redirect the frustration and get back to your playbook. What WAS I doing? I know better! Check the game plan and refocus. It’s a playbook for my time … something none of us have enough of. Like a game, plays don’t always turn out the way we hope. There are surprises … good, bad, and ugly. But oh, the surprise victories … those memories last a lifetime.
We recommend making a list for your day, week, month and even year. Of course, the long-term lists are more vague and the daily lists are specific. Take 10-15 minutes Sunday afternoon, or evening, and look at the week ahead. What must get done? What should get done? What would I like to get done that can wait? Then take 3-5 minutes each morning (or night) and assess the upcoming day, asking the same 3 questions. All work and no play make Cindy a cranky girl! So, I make sure I schedule “me time” on my list as well!
There you have it, a playbook for your time. When life throws an interception and you lose your focus for a play or two, don’t get caught without a plan to get you back on track and ready to win the game! It may seem simple, but it’s not always easy. Give us a shout if you’d like a little coaching. 😉