Monday, July 19, 2010

How to be exhausted and successful at the same time

On Mondays I pretty much feel like I've been run over by a truck.

It doesn't matter whether Sunday was amazing or difficult.  Either way, the run-over-by-a-truck-feeling is there simply because I give Sunday it all I've got whether things are good or bad.  (Yesterday was an excellent day at Celebration Church, by the way.  Still the wrung out feeling remains.)

Right now I'm especially busy because in addition to all of the other roles that I've been fulfilling for a long time we're also without an administrative assistant in our office  and I'm covering the tasks of that job too as well as all of my other stuff, until we hire.  At one point in the past I did the admin job for a whole year and a half  in addition to mine, while we were waiting to hire and I thought it would be the end of me some days.  One of the keys to making it through is that I didn't overthink it and just jumped in to do what had to be done.

A friend posted last night on his facebook status that there are "no traffic jams on the second mile."  This is SO TRUE.   I'm basically writing this post today for people who are living on the second mile.  You've got a lot spinning and are aways looking for ways to make it work, or make it work better than it's currently going.  If you're like me your ears are constantly perked for anything having to do with time management.

One thing that helps me is that I don't live aimlessly.  I have a very defined agenda, with margin yet still very detailed.  By Thursday of each week I have the following week's agenda mapped out and on my Word Outlook.   This is my second bible and basically by Saturday of each week, the entire agenda has to be completed, no exceptions  There may be some detours concerning what gets done daily and the amount of items to be completed each day tweaked, but the bottom line is that by week's end it's done.  (I also blogged with my notes from a series of workshops I was asked to teach at a conference.  These are called God's Wonder Woman, One, Two, and Three.)

Just a word to the wise for today... I usually think about things like dinnertime for the next day the night before, especially for Mondays.  Since I start the day Monday feeling exhausted the last thing I want to do is come home and cook supper in the evening.   The tiredness I feel is always accompanied by hunger and desire for something comforting and of course my family wants the same.  Make no mistake there are times we just do PB & J and I'm not standing over a stove stirring anything.  But by and large I like to plan ahead.  Last night we had game night at the church but I came home and put something together in the crock pot so I could just take it out of the fridge this morning, turn it on and leave for work.  I like to do that for Mondays because when we come home from the office it's ready to eat.     Tonight we're having Crockpot Thai Chicken with Rice.  Doesn't that sound good?   

Planning ahead is a key to successful juggling a lot of roles.  I believe it's also important to not be wrapped so tight where planning is concerned that we don't ever do anything spontaneous.  It's good to be open to a detour, so you can do fun unexpected things but still cover responsibilities.   More on this tomorrow...

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