In the past couple of weeks, I've really been thrown off my schedule. The July 4th weekend turned my typical Sunday activities into Monday activities. I started a new schedule at the gym. Then I had friends in town. There was that celebration for my nephews birthday. A puppy injury came up that required her to spend more time at home then with her friends at doggy day camp. You get the point...I lost my way a bit.
As I was driving back from the airport yesterday after dropping off said friends, I was beating myself for getting so off track. And suddenly, the thought of having to get back ON track seemed daunting. I had so much to do! So many things to get done to get me back together! I would never get there!
We've all been there but once we take a step back from the situation, there are some really simply ways to take the panic down a notch. The first thing to remember is not to beat yourself up so much. Things do and will come up that simply won't allow you to attack your day with full force. And do you really want to obsess about those missed items on your to-do list while your spending time with your kids?
When you know that your normally quiet day will be taken up with some sort of activity, plan accordingly. Make a new to-do list, even if it is just in your head. Make priorities...what things absolutely must get done today? For those items that don't take priority, keep them on the list to get done tomorrow. Or the next day or the day after that. Because guess what? Life WILL go on, even if you don't get to planting that flower bed today.
A lot of times people just give up once things get off the track. They think to themselves "Well heck, everything has already gone down the tube so just forget about it!". Don't give up! Life doesn't have to be hectic and chaotic. You've done the hard part with developing a system. You'll get back on that track, I promise. Again, pick those priorities and get them done. Soon enough, that bump in the road will be so far behind you, you won't even remember it.
And seriously, cut yourself a break. We can't always be Superman, after all!
Live, Love and Stay Organized!