Take a deep breath, tell yourself that you deserve to enjoy the hard work you do, and this means that you really CAN’T do everything. Here is another tip.
BEFORE you do anything (by ‘anything’ I mean sitting down at your desk and getting caught up in the frazzle of life before you’ve had a chance to gasp), take ten or fifteen minutes to think.
Turn off NPR, the television, your cell phones and anything else that might distract you, take out a piece of paper and make your list for the day. Realize that you can’t do everything, and don’t feel bad about it. You’re only human after all, and you don’t want to grow old before your time, suffer a nervous breakdown, or just get into that kind of grumpy tiredness that I fall into all too often when I’m not giving myself enough space.
This was brought home to me earlier this year, when my heart started acting up. The palpitations I’d had for years were getting worse, making me feel dizzy and faint.
“But why can’t I work just as hard as everyone else?” I asked my doctor.
She rolled her eyes.
So slow down. You’ll feel so much better. And so will your spouse, significant other, children and pets.
Do you have any tips on how to manage your time that you’d like to share? Feel free to drop a comment in the box below.
Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!
This piece first appeared in the September newsletter. If you would like to read more such tips, or hear about how my progress on THWARTED QUEEN is going, please sign up for the newsletter by clicking on the appropriate link to the right.