Thanks to a bit of over-enthusiastic scheduling, I have three back-to-back Zoom meetings this morning and then I have a lot of routine tasks to do this afternoon.
Yesterday, when I realized what my Tuesday schedule looked like I had a moment of feeling completely overwhelmed and my brain scrambled to figure out if I could reschedule something.
Then I took a deep breath and realized that it would actually be better to get all of these things done in one day so I didn’t have meetings scattered throughout my week.
And, secondly, that the schedule was doable as long as I took good care of myself before and after that string of meetings and that list of tasks.
So, that meant making a really clear list of my planned Tuesday afternoon tasks so I could be sure I had included everything and that I had time to get them all done.
And it meant getting to bed a bit early on Monday night so this morning would be easier.
And it included taking time to do yoga first thing today so I would be starting my day calmly.
And it definitely means making a pot of tea, grabbing some snacks and setting up my notebook for doodling * before that first meeting so I could feel more relaxed all the way through.
And I’ll definitely be taking a walk with Khalee after lunch but before the admin gauntlet in the afternoon so my brain is at ease before digging into detailed work.
By the time you start reading this on Tuesday morning, I’ll be on my mat finding some ease before my day begins.
You may not have the head start I had (I am writing this on Monday evening after all) but you still have a good chunk of your Tuesday ahead of you.
How can you plan to take good care of yourself today?
When can you add some movement into your schedule?
When would you like to feel more calm? How will you help yourself relax?
When will you need a snack? How can you make sure you have one available then?
Even if you can’t make your day totally relaxing, any effort to take good care of yourself is going to help, at least a little!
Speaking of efforts, here’s a gold star to celebrate the work we put into making things a little easier on ourselves.
*Doodling during meetings helps me focus. 🙂