Yesterday I tweeted this quote: “The first step to somewhere new is deciding you’re not going to stay where you are.” ~JP Morgan
Surprisingly enough, I came across the quote while cleaning out my desk at work. No, I haven’t switched jobs or anything like that. At my job, it is common to move buildings or offices, and this is one of those times. Our floor is being reconfigured and my team is moving to a new location (across the floor) next week. But, I digress.
The quote was on a stack of cards I found at my desk, and it really resonated with me. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed (AGAIN). I mean really, who keeps repeating this experience? I’m over it. Like my Pastor reminds us often, “To get what you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” Well, it’s not that I’ve never had a calm, underwhelming life. I just sometimes get in over my head and don’t do a good job of managing things. So, this weekend, I tried some things that I hadn’t done before.
First, I deactivated my FaceBook account. Not impressed? I am. I have over 750 fb friends, and yes, I do actually know all of them. In fact, I periodically did a purge of my friend list. Don’t be impressed by the numbers, I’m not. FB friends are mostly acquaintances and family members. My real friends, like those closest to me, can be counted on two hands, and that’s intentional. In any event, I felt like FB was becoming a time suck, and I needed to do something about it. So. Saturday morning, I posted a status warning my fb friends that I would be deactivating the account by the end of the weekend. Here’s what’s crazy: an hour later, I wanted to pull the trigger. But, I waited. I waited a whole 8 hours. Then I pulled the trigger and hit deactivate.
It’ took me a couple of days to get used to not having a Facebook account. It has now become very freeing. Like REALLY freeing. Which also tells me I spent waaay too much time on fb.
Second, I cooked Sunday for the whole week. This doesn’t sound eventful to most of you, I’m sure, but I am, by no stretch of the imagination, the woman who works all day and wants to cook dinner for her family when she comes home. The thought alone wears me out. And yet, I have a responsibility to do something. So I opted to find a balance. Sunday afternoon, I invested about 3 hours of my time into either fully cooking or prepping meals for the week. Some meals were frozen, others put into the refrigerator. Granted, the week is only halfway through, but there is still food in there and I’m feeling really good about the lack of stress I feel in the evenings. I don’t have to do anything but take out what was prepped and cook it (which takes SO much less time), or my husband can start dinner (or warm it up) before I get home. Do you have any idea what a stress relief that is??
Lastly, I’ve cut back significantly on the television watching. Why? Another time suck. Granted, today I’ve been posted in front of the tv because of the earthquake here in Richmond (can you believe we had an earthquake???). But I’m committed to this very limited television thing. I’ve already seen an improvement in my productivity, and that makes me happy.
I think I’m on my way to moving out of the zone of overwhelm. What’s funny is it has only taken a few tweaks. That’s it. A little advanced planning, a little discipline, and voila, less stress!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or just need to make some changes, I encourage you to take an assessment and then take some basic steps to make changes. After all, the first step is deciding you’re not going to stay where you are, right????