Sunday, February 17, 2013
"The greatest secret of personal power (self-confidence) is to lead yourself to do what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, where it needs to be done."
--Keith A. Craft
So today is supposed to be Day 1 of my "stress journal" and going back to my blog roll I realized that the last one I posted was inspired by a "leadershipology" quote. So I decided to look at my recently received "leadershipology" quotes and blog one of those instead. The one I opened was on Self-Confidence and of course it is something that also lines up with how to conquer my greatest stressors: time and insecurity. Go fig!
So first of all, I work from home which is a great gig and I love what I do. It is also a huge blessing because I am not able to drive at the moment. The downside, however, is time management. Being home there are constant reminders of my long list of "to-do's" and not nearly enought time to address them all. While I know this and can commit to do some today and others tomorrow, the constant visual reminders are rather distracting. It tends to take my mind off what I'm currently doing and wander repeatedly down the list which only stresses me out and leaves me filled with frustration and stress.
Of course when I get overwhelmed, I have a tendency to shut down. I lose ability to focus and consequently resort to time-killing, mindless, unnecessary or even unproductive tasks. If I were instead to focus on the few things I know I can accomplish and are most urgent and block the rest out, I could finish what needs to be done by when it needs to be done. Eventually as i get caught up on my list, I'd feel less overwhelmed and the task list would be less stressful because things wouldn't be so urgent and due immediately. I'd instead be able to get ahead of things. I won't say the list would be shorter because let's be honest, there is always something else we can be getting done.
I also realize that the majority of my insecurity comes from being overweight. If I were to apply the principle of of this quote to things like exercise, eating habits, and even SLEEP, I would be healthier and more confident. Crazy as it sounds, I often forget to eat. And I rarely sleep more than 4 hours a night.
So that is my goal this week as I aim to bust those stressors: Do what NEEDS to be done. WHEN and HOW it needs to be done.
But we all know that goals are only successful if they are Specific, Measurable, Realistic, and Timely. So here are the SMART goals for this stress challenge:
1) Focus on 1 large task and 2 small-medium tasks each day. Ones that can realistically be achieved in the same day.
2) Stay away from unproductive/time sucking distractions until the daily tasks are done...and then allow myself an hour or 2 to indulge in mindless fun.
3) Finish tasks by 5:30 and begin cooking dinner by 6:00 so that healthy dinners are ready by the time Steven gets home.
4) Prep lunch for the next day before bed.
5) Update my blog daily as to how I'm doing...accountability is always helpful and reflection insightful.
I know it sounds basic. But sometimes we all need to go back to the basics to remind ourselves what is important and check our priorities. I say "we" because I know that I'm not alone. I'm betting there are several of you out there in the same boat. I challenge you to make a list of specific goals that will help you re-prioritize as well.