Have you ever gone way past lunch without eating because you were so busy you forgot? Finally hours later you emerge from your “work cave,” suddenly aware of this ravenous beast of hunger that is growling within, demanding to be fed IMMEDIATELY.
I was so caught up in my worldly affairs, I’d been remiss in regularly tuning in to listen to my DEEPEST SELF.
Once that realization had dawned (thanks to Stop, Drop & Roll) I became fierce as all hell in my efforts to remedy this situation ASAP. I needed to determine the why (the lesson) and the how (I could shift this to support me instead).
So OPERATION Get My Sh*t Together was a go.
Steps I took:
1. Took a break. (This is the Stop step I referred to in the last blog: Stop, Drop & Roll. If you missed it check it out here)
2. Got honest with what was NOT working: Took a good hard look at my schedule. (Once I “Stopped, Dropped and Rolled,” I knew this was EXACTLY what had to change!
3. Took action – (all the wisdom and understanding ain’t nothing without action. Even if it’s one single bite-sized step, we have got to move forward through action. Wisdom in action = Power.)
For those of you who, like me, really need the real-life examples to bring steps, concepts and ideas home, then read on becasue I am happy to share my “Behind the Scenes Insider Scoop” into my process, and what I learned about myself.
Chances are you might see a lot of YOU in what I share.
(which obviously needed a good hard looking at.)
I always told myself I didn’t like routine or structure, and that I worked best in a free-flow sort of way. So a typical day in Diomira World went something like this:
- Easing out of bed in the late morning (8:30…wish).
- Check email and Facebook (hey world! Come on, my peeps might need me – you get it, right?).
- Respond to emails, and go into reaction mode.
- Get started with the rest of my to do list around 12…ish;
- Now by late afternoon I’m exhausted; flailing about rest of the day.
- I’ve probably checked my email in between oh every 15 minutes because it’s the only thing my brain can process.
- Then I go to bed late as hell.
- Meditation would be in there…somewhere.
- Maybe I’d go for a walk. Maybe not.
- Maybe I’d connect with a friend, and maybe not.
Sound exhausting? See yourself doing any of these things? Can you see how this was definitely NOT supporting me
(Here’s how I took action and CHANGED):
- I wake up at 7am.
- Go for a walk/run (of course not before attending to the master of the house aka my cat).
- Arrive in my office (no worries I’ve eaten and bathed).
- Read inspirational material.
- Creative project work 2-3 hours (writing, blogging, course design, etc).
- At noon I can take a peek at email/Facebook and respond.
- Mechanical tasks – technology stuff ie web design, email uploading, emails, etc.)
- 6pm el dono! The night I get to read, watch a movie, have dinner with friends, etc.
As I mentioned above, Stop, Drop and Roll helped me get clear on what needed to change: my schedule. I see now that this had been my blind spot forever – clearly hidden in plain sight; I had conveniently overlooked my schedule for years.
And to be completely transparent here – I’m not perfect. Like today I didn’t walk until late morning because I was so dang inspired when I woke up to write this I just had to get it out. But for the most part I am sticking to it because it feels so empowering. I feel SO MUCH better.
Now I’d love to hear from you – what is one thing you realized you needed to change when taking a self-inventory.