Posted by: draknor | July 21, 2012

Time for a Reboot

Almost a month since my last post, but it feels even longer ago than that!

I was going to say “I’ve been busy” — but without even checking I know I’ve written that a lot before, and everyone always says it.  And really, it’s disingenuous.  Here’s the cold, honest truth — when I say “I’m busy”, what I really mean is, “That’s not important enough for me right now.”

I’ve written about it before — we all have 168 hours in a week.  Busy people don’t have less hours in their lives. We all choose how we spend our hours.  And we should be honest about that, at least to ourselves.

This last week I spent some hours catching up on my monthly personal finances, my business finances, organizing some stacks of papers — lots of “busy-work”.  Important busy-work (just ask my landlord, who asked me on the 9th where my July 1 rent was!), but not earth-shattering stuff.  And I realized that, over the last two months — I hadn’t made the time to catch up on my finances. I was always “too busy”.  And that leads to things slipping through the cracks — like my monthly rent.

And these last two weeks are one of the first times that I let my workout schedule slip because I was “too busy”.  Let’s be honest – I still had my 168 hours each week.  But I didn’t prioritize working out as much as I did 3 weeks ago.  Maybe three weeks ago I had less competing priorities. Or I just planned it into my schedule and worked other commitments around it.  Whatever the case is, I still chose NOT to workout.  It’s a cop-out to say that I was “too busy”.

The corollary to this is — I need routines.  More & more I’m realizing that is the secret to success, the secret to having everything you want.  I didn’t do my finances the last few months because my monthly finance routine seemed so laborious, I never “found time” for it.  I didn’t prioritize my workout the last two weeks because my previous workout routine has pretty much stalled, and I haven’t come up with a new one yet.  I feel stressed & anxious because of all these unfinished things — and I don’t have a routine or system for recording them, tracking them, and following up on them.

Yesterday & today were my “downtime”… my recovery.  I sat around, ate junk food, watched some TV, even played a few hours of video games (something I love doing but rarely do anymore!).  I was drained & exhausted, and needed this time to recharge a bit.  Now that I’m back on the upswing, tomorrow (Sunday), I want to start laying the foundation for a successful week ahead.  And that means doing things like:

  • Figuring out a new work-out routine for the next 4-6 weeks
  • Plotting out what my diet will look like this week, and doing some grocery shopping for it
  • Cleaning up my physical “inbox” (which is right now a giant plastic tub of papers & junk I’ve been accumulating for the last 4-5 months)
  • Creating organized physical space for “stuff” for me to deal with — a physical inbox, a “To Shred” box, and a “To Scan/File” box
  • Clearing my physical desktop, which has a tremendous impact on my mental “desktop”
  • Plotting out the week ahead, so I make time for my priorities

But that’s tomorrow — right now, back to Angel!