Have you ever had one of those weeks where you are literally running from appointment, to meeting, to work, to hosting a party, to watching your kid swim at the year-end championships meet?
And while you’re racing from one end of town to the other, you realize left your left rear fender somewhere?
That was my week. I was planning a party with a friend, had to race to the next town for a meeting about a program for a gala event, then my husband called me and asked what was for dinner. One car is in the shop, so we’re juggling and struggling. (And it’s the season-end high school swim meet week.) When I left the meeting to rush to the grocery store for take-out food, I noticed I lost a fender! I raced home with food for the family then I squealed the car out of the driveway to backtrack and criss-cross town to all my previous stops to look for my missing fender! Yes, I found it.
When I feel crazy and out-of-control because of too many conflicts and demands on my schedule, I do three things:
- Make a list. I have to write every little thing down. Or, I know for a fact I will forget something. I update the list several times a day.
- Breathe and walk. I start each day with a walk to clear my mind and figure out my game plan for the day. It’s amazing how much better your day will turn out with exercise in the a.m.
- Be realistic. I’m human and I will not accomplish it all. Nor, can I do everything that people in my life demand of me. Don’t beat yourself up about it, but add it to your list for the next day. Like a good friend told me this week, “You can’t dance every dance.” What do you do when your schedule gets crazy and out of control?