It’s a safe bet that we all have times when we feel like things are spinning out of control. One thing after another…you start to feel like you just can’t get it back together. And it can really be a tough cycle to get out of. It starts with something simple like a few crazy days at work and then before you know it you’ve barely worked out in two months, your house is a mess, you haven’t slept, your running crazy trying to get things done, your shirt is on backwards and you’ve been having donuts for dinner every night.
In spite of the fact that I have felt like a mess lately, I do know how to pull it back together before it goes on for too long. (Well, I guess that depends on who you ask!) Anyway, here are four of my favorite tips for getting back in control:
1 – Stop wasting time. Now it seems like that would be obvious, but… Be sure to take inventory of all those little time wasters that really add up during the day and cut back on them. If it’s not really adding value then consider cutting back so you can focus on what really needs to be done.
2 – Clean up the mess. Looking around at a messy house or messy office can only make things worse. Take an hour or two to straighten things up. If I am in the midst of a mess I often feel like I am forgetting something or like there is something important lurking in that stack of paperwork that is overdue! It always makes me feel better to get things in order even though I may not feel like it’s the best way to use my time at the moment.
3 – Move yourself. I’ve said it before, but just getting in a quick workout can work wonders for your mood. And making that decision to take some time to workout can help set you back on the path of being in control. I took 15 minutes to workout and nothing blew up…I CAN walk away from the craziness for a bit. Think of it as a positive addition to your day, instead of it taking time away from something else. You’ll have more energy to do what you need to do!
4 – Put a plan together. This is most effective for me and helps me feel like I can get back in control. No list, no plan and just a headful of thoughts, tasks and projects gives me that awful feeling that everything has to be done RIGHT NOW! You know what I’m talking about. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just put some sort of a plan together for the next week or the next month so you know it’s all doable. Decide what is a priority and what can truly wait. Like a boss. It might just help you sleep better at night!