Wow! It has been one of those weeks. You know the type where your life becomes one big mess?? Your laptop, desk, bag, bedroom, car, hair…everything needs attention. Work needs attention too, but work can actually be causing the chaos. Well let me add an addendum…your reaction to work can be causing the chaos.
Allow me to illustrate from two events in my life this week:
Somewhere between…Evernote informing me that my ancient operating system will not run their program…. and the neighbor’s black cat trying to repeatedly jump into my car…I felt…on edge.
Ok...about to lose it. About to blow.
Why go into the details of my demise??…Well, because they fill up our lives! As Americans…we go go go. We are up and at ‘em…we are fast-talking, low-balling, heavy-lifting producers of….work. The problem is we produce other things too…we produce stress and tiredness and oh-my-God-I-will-hurt-you-if-I-don’t-find-my-coffee-ness….
This has all been on my mind because rather than responding or reacting to a crazy week in a healthy way…I got frustrated. I kicked that black cat into next week!
Nameless neighbor who owns the black cat…if you’re out there…I have been nothing but nice to your furry bundle of joy.
I’m not a cat kicker. However, I do tend to get frustrated with…you guessed it…me. I want to be able to rise up and kick butt on every single task…with home, with work, with life. And sometimes…that’s just impossible. I have no known connections to Clark Kent and the odds are you don’t either.
So…what can we do then?
If you haven’t heard of Pareto’s 80/20 principle, then now would be a GREAT time to put that into practice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_principle. Narrow your tasks to the 20% that bring you 80% of the returns. Tim Ferriss tells us to cut away the problem clients, time-sucking tasks, and headache activities…by honing in on the things that really matter in your business or your job.
But when time management fails you…I am giving you permission to….take a break!
By the way, if you just read that and you are peeking behind your shoulder to make sure no wandering co-workers (or bosses) read it too…you need more help than I thought. Jokes…kind of. If you can’t get it all done, then don’t. What is the absolute worse thing that could happen??
Do well… the things that really matter! Make them count. And the little things…they can wait until a long...sweet…day off. Or at least a little shut eye.