Hello – it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. My first attempt at my new idea, the Accountability Board, was thwarted when I got really sick with the flu (or whatever bug I came down with). Soon thereafter, I went to Florida for almost two weeks to celebrate L receiving her doctorate, my parents’ anniversary and my mother-in-law’s 90th B-day, not to mention a couple other B-days and a baby shower!
In the meantime, work was getting busier – a really good thing that I was turning into a bad thing by telling myself “I’m so busy; I can’t catch up; I’m stressed out; I need time off!”
Last weekend, I finally called BS on myself and decided to take advantage of the 3-day weekend and said “What would happen if…. I use one day for a planned “goof off” day, and use the other two days to work my rear off at the office?”
It worked! For the goof-off day, B and I took one of the dogs to a local brew-pub by the ocean and enjoyed pizza and beer on their patio – something someone who is vacation would do!
Then, Sunday and Monday I worked hard at the office. I took a dog to keep me company – he gladly napped while I worked:
I found that this was the kick-in-the-butt I needed to rejuvenate my mind to be excited about getting projects done early for clients instead of wondering if I can push it off another day because I’m overbooked.
As the week went on, I decided to get newer commitments done first so those would be on time and the backlog would not continue. And that worked! I also got up earlier each morning (using an alarm) and worked a couple of hours each night after dinner instead of telling myself “wow, you were so busy today, you deserve to just vegetate in front of a Netflix show.”
I started to appreciate that my practice is running in high gear, and instead of being annoyed when something else was piled on my plate, I took on new assignments with open arms!
By the end of the week, instead of feeling weighed down and stressed with my work load, I had an abundance of enthusiasm, was in a much better mood, and was genuinely enjoying strategizing about various cases – sleep was getting in the way of me having 24 hours’ a day of fun at work!
And, I swear that my mind is working better – it’s being more clever and creative as to how to approach clients’ problems. Who would have thought that working harder and longer would ease my stress?
Now that the “old work P” is back (the one from a few years ago who loves her chosen career, instead of just liking it), I need to get the new P back (the one that loved staying on this food plan), and I need to create the new-fitness-P – the one that wants to be a triathlete.
Historically, starting things on the first day of the week, or the first day of the month, has helped me be committed to whatever I was starting. I know it should not make a difference, but it does to me. So, that’s why June 1 is such a perfect day for this new beginning – it’s the first day of a new week and the first day of a new month!
So, here’s the reborn Accountability Board – and this time – I’m really excited about making my body as healthy as my mind!