The family and I recently returned from a much needed, out of state vacation. This was an important trip for many reasons. My own personal, way deep down, agenda was to review my current existence.
Now, when I say my current existence I am taking a bit of dramatic licensing.
...B U T...
Am I making the most of each day?
A lot of sunshine, hot temps, the lull of the ocean, smell of chlorine from the pool, and time to sit allowed me to take a 360 degree look around me.
Not the piddly stuff like work, marriage, relationships, contentment
Rather, the functional area of life (I am truly tied to the work smarter not harder concept lately).
So I decided to be a structure freak until schedule becomes habit. Tweak it until it fits like an old comfy pair of sweats. Develop DISCIPLINE, SELF CARE.
I created a meal list and grocery shopped it out. I forgot something and tracked my butt to the OTHER side of the huge store (extra steps, can I track it?!?).
Entered my meals into spark nutrition. Printed out a blank calendar for the month. Added son's soccer games, my work schedule, and WORK OUTS.
An alarm is set each morning to give me 1-2 hours before work. I wash dishes from breakfast, read my bible and pray, and pick up the house BEFORE I shower. Work is 30 minutes earlier than pre-vacation.
It's CRAZY. It's so not the laid back, "whatever" kind of me thing to do.
It's only been two days but so far so good. I'm not rushing around feeling like "I'm a day late or dollar short." Stuff is getting done, I'm not starving or cranky or tired. OH, my butt hurts from walking or biking every day. Isn't that great?!?
This structure is freeing up time for the things I want too- visits with friends, writing notecards to people I care about, listening to music, etc.
Lordy, I hope this feeling stays.