How to Get Back on Track

Monday, October 21, 2013

(Follow the kid in flip flops.)

I'm no expert, but I had to give myself a pep talk the other day. Cluttered house, messy desk, overflowing calendar, neglected gym membership - all fair game. This is how I do my best to get back on track:

(1) Give yourself grace. Everyone fails. Yes, everyone. Let's go ahead and establish that.

(2) Go to bed early. This sets the next day for success. I never catch up when I'm tired. Never.

(3) Get up early. Don't cancel out your early bed time by getting up an hour earlier. I'm talking 15 minutes earlier. Get up before your kids. Savor a few moments to make your list for the day, thank God for whatever is ahead, and get ready to face it.

(4) Take baby steps. You didn't get off track in one day, so you won't get back on track in one day. Part of your morning list-making should be ONE task in your problem area, not twelve. One step in the right direction.

(5) Give up what got you off track. This is the hardest part for me. (Sometimes the issue is beyond our control - illness, company, etc - but often it's not.) The truth is, I almost always need to subtract something that I brought upon myself. For example, I need to stay off Facebook in order to attack that pile of filing on the corner of my desk. I should resign from that second book club so that I can exercise on Tuesdays. I will say no to guitar lessons so my child can have one afternoon at home. 

Step by step - that's how this works. Monday is a good day to start.
How do you get back on track?

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5 Responses to “How to Get Back on Track”

  1. Last week, my husband was out of town and I went to bed at 8:00 when I put the kids to bed. I woke up at 5:15 the next morning, and felt amazing all day. I have to trust that when I'm well rested I'll get more done. I get back on track in similar ways. Also, I've recently started grouping my tasks based on the category (blog, books, freelance work, errands, etc). This has helped me prioritize tasks within each list, rather than have one gigantic to do list, and it's also helped me see how much I can realistically accomplish each day. It's usually a task or two in ONE of those categories. I'm surprised by how productive I feel though. I'm only two weeks into this, so I'll keep you posted. :)

  2. Re: #2 - Yes! Re: #3 - still working on that one! I find that decluttering even a small area -- say, my desk or the kitchen counter or the family room floor -- makes me feel better and get back on track. Like it or not, I'm affected by my environment, so tackling that helps me tackle the other stuff.

  3. big sigh, I couldn't sleep most of the night thinking about this Monday coming up, nothing unusual just getting back to another week. I find if my mind won't stop I have to get up and write out my thoughts and then back I go with prayer and usually I can fall back to sleep. Can you see this is on my mind? Monday, it's been productive thus far.

  4. You want to know something funny? This morning I was just reading about the importance of taking small steps. Our tendency is to try and leap ahead and really all God requires of us is to stay in step with Him.

  5. This is my favorite part: "You didn't get off track in one day, so you won't get back on track in one day." So often I just expect to gain superhuman powers and fix everything all at once. This is a good reality check!