A schedule gives you structure to your day with a time frame so you use the valuable moments you have to do what’s necessary so you don’t fritter your time away.
You don’t let little things get in the way that eat your day up and then suddenly notice you’ve spent your whole day on one project.
It also gives you little interruptions so you can break away from tedious tasks that might be taxing.
Sometimes when we get so focused we forget about our basic needs like eating or drinking and hold our bladder way too long (that’s more of a woman thing). Let’s face it, men can just “whip it out” and do going wherever they want. Not to be crass but am I right or am I right?! Don’t try this in a foreign country though or you might get arrested.
This week I was so focused, I ignored my body signals and just kept working. I started feeling irritated by the phones ringing, the dogs barking, texts, emails, phone calls etc. It was one thing after the next and I kept trying to ignore all of these annoyances and focus on the task at hand, which is one of the hazards of working from home. There was a bee and a fly that kept after me and I took to swatting these guys for about 10 minutes. My dogs kept barking for attention and the cats were meowing for food at which point I noticed I was at my breaking point, and had ignored the signals my body was trying to give me. If you have kids or have baby sat, you can relate to this. It starts with a quiet question and then slowly escalates, until they scream and go into a full on tantrum.
I Finally stopped, took a deep breath and asked “what do you want from me”?
The answer? “Hey girl, don’t you think you need a break”?
Oh man, were they right and of course I thanked them profusely after my rant while running to the bathroom and nearly not making it, I kid you not. I was also starving. Yes, our body needs food and water for sustenance throughout the day, imagine that. lol. Yes, I know I’m a trainer and know better but I’m human too.
There are times we have to keep our nose to the grindstone but you can’t bank sleep and time without repercussions; so remember that.
Set your timer for every 45 minutes to an hour and take mini breaks or annoyances will only get louder until you do and you will be a lot more productive as well.
As soon as you start noticing these little nuisances:
- Get up
- Do a few exercises
- Have some water or food
- Sing, drum, dance or play music
- Take a mini break.
Spoken like a coach that sometimes needs a coach. 🤣
JUST DO IT!
If we learn nothing else from the pandemic, might we remember to take really good care of ourselves and listen to the signals our bodies are giving us or we can easily run out of gas much like our car on the freeway.
It’s vital to our existence.
Besides, the pandemic will end and you’ll find yourself asking why you didn’t take time out to enjoy it and wonder what the rush was all about.
So, create a schedule with some “me time”, set a timer and thank those little annoyances that are in actuality your friend reminding you that you are important and need some TLC too. I’ve got my flute and timer ready for my day tomorrow so I can heed my bodies warning signals as I move through my day.
Have a great day and feel free to read on if you want to break this down for yourself.
P.S. I love Pooja’s blog posts. She has breakdowns of her schedule with some fun facts. She is great writer with invaluable tips on life in general and navigating Word Press. Here is the article.
Otherwise, take good care and please like (if you do of course) and or comment and share.
With a grateful heart,
What’s your idea schedule?
What is your typical schedule?
What is the schedule you want or are working on?
The first step is to be honest here and write them both out so you can see how things actually are verses how they are in your mind. I work with people all of the time and help them to prioritize what they actually want to do and need to do to create the schedule of their dreams. It’s also important to realize where you are so you can make changes and create new habits which take a minimum of 21 days so “they” say.
I find it takes more time than that with a cheerleader in your camp but the book Change Your Habits, Change Your Life in 21 Days: 21 day Challenge has some great Tid Bits.
The main this is to be at choice and have a schedule that serves and feeds you instead of drains you. Making focused time windows (blocks as some call it) and adherence to them is critical for your sanity and not over scheduling yourself, so you have some built in breathing time in your day.
If anyone is interested in seeing my schedule let me know and I will make a blog post about it in the future.