I started working at a “regular” job about 3 weeks ago after doing freelance work for 17 years. I have freelance work I’m still wrapping up. And I continue to run two web businesses. And I’ve given 3 talks on Organizational Zen in as many weeks. AND we held auditions this week for a musical I’m directing that includes a cast of 16 kids and 14 adults.
I’m not eating much or sleeping enough because I don’t have time. I’m in new environments with new routines. I’m meeting dozens of new people. And I’m learning new skills and testing old ones at work and at the theater.
I feel swamped and somewhat out of control like I can’t catch my breath. I missed a call last week – which I HATE. And I feel like I really, really just want to take a nap but I can’t because there’s too much to be done!
This weekend, I turned down two social invitations to spend time with myself and get my organizational house back in order. I refuse to be the crazy-maker in my life. And I have a personal “brand” to keep up!
So here’s my plan:
- Remind myself each morning to be patient with new learning. I love new learning and need to remember to enjoy every minute.
- Review plans for the day each evening and morning to feel on top of commitments I’ve made and to help keep my priorities straight.
- Eat and get more sleep! Oh, my gosh. I have to slow down a bit. I don’t want to mess with my health! I know that’s the biggest rock at the base of my foundation.
- Say “no” to any new commitments.
- Spend time each day in a quiet space. I’m used to working solo most of the time and need to still find quiet time to keep myself sane.
- Be grateful and joyous about the challenges.
- Ask for help.
When the Universe is unsettled, what can you do to stay calm and do your best work?
And now a moment of peaceful nature from a recent trip to Camden, Maine. Ahhh.
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