Yesterday was one of those days where everything was off. I had stayed up way too late the night before after taking a weekend mostly to myself. That meant I got up later. Which in turn made my starting time later. And so on and so forth.
Once one thing went off course it snowballed out of control until I was left feeling like a failure on so many levels. I wanted to cry. It had gotten so bad for me.
Between my negative self-chatter and my already low mood, it escalated to levels it didn’t really need to go. I should have noticed all of that and reeled it back in. There are some methods that I have used in the past that have helped when my days get this way. Some that may help you as well.
When everything starts spiraling out of your control and your day begins to run you, here are some methods that may help you bring it back into control:
- Pay attention to the self-chatter going on in your head. Once you notice the negative turn you can consciously turn it around. Take a few deep breaths and silence it. Bring it back in under your control.
- Focus on intent for the day. Not the myriad of small tasks that tend to pile up around us. Pick three big tasks that need to get done for that day. Your three top priorities.
- Now, that you’ve set your intentions for the day return to work more focused. Each time that you find you’re slipping off task with distractions and all those little tasks just stop. Take a few deep breaths and refocus.
While this all seems a little floo floo, it does work. It puts your focus on the tasks at hand that need to get done. Your brain will prioritize them over the white noise and it’ll occupy the conscious thoughts in your brain to help you instead of work against you.
If something does pop into your head that needs to be done later, write it on a notepad and then refocus back on work. This technique works like a muscle. The more times that you use it the stronger it gets. It’ll move from something you have to keep a reminder for to something you do automatically.
Your days will become your own once more. That doesn’t mean you won’t have spiraling out of control days, but it does mean they won’t be as often. You’ll live a more aware and controlled life. This can bring you a new level of peace.
Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.