One Day At A Time
There’s at least one point in the week when I feel overwhelmed and likely resemble a chicken with its head cut off.
That day is usually Wednesday.
As I’ve gotten busier, it’s become necessary for me to take a realistic look at my schedule and figure out when I need time to work on certain things. The beauty about having different sources of income is that I can tailor my schedule for what works best for me and my mental clarity. The problem is, I don’t always do that.
Wednesday is the day of the week that I jam as much as I possibly can into a 14 hour working day. This allows me to take most of Tuesday to stay home and work on emails, freelance projects, and I end Tuesday feeling like my whole world is in order. I may not be working every second on a Wednesday, but if I’m not, I’m usually commuting to clients or thinking about work. I don’t have as much time at home as usual and when I’m away from my home base I start to feel scattered and pressed for time and HOW CAN I ANSWER THAT EMAIL IF THE DOCUMENT IS ON MY COMPUTER??
I’m still working on finding a good balance because I have some underlying need to prove that I can build my life back up to something more than what it would have been if I had finished pharmacy school. I know that’s something I need to work on, but as with everything in life, it’s a process.
I’ve gotten to a point where I have to say no to new clients if I have to travel too far and that’s a good problem to have. I’d rather have too much work than not enough. I’m working on finding a balance to get everything done because my brain isn’t the best at multitasking. While I’m in this stage there’s a lot of craziness, but at the end of the day I really love all the different things I do.
Here is my point — take things one day at a time.
Heck, take things hours at a time if you need to. When I look at my schedule for a Wednesday, it can seem overwhelming. Instead of thinking about the entire thing, I worry about the next appointment. I get through that and I move to the following appointment. Next thing I know I only have two left and then I’m done for the day.
“One day at a time” is a lesson that I learned in recovery. When I entered rehab I FREAKED out about never being able to drink again.
BUT I WILL HAVE WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS AND PARTIES AND HOLIDAYS AND THURSDAY NIGHTS TO GO TO.
Thinking about the entirety of my life without alcohol was too overwhelming for me to even consider. The next weekend I even showed up to volunteer at a concert selling beer to the audience. This is how I coped with the stress. I didn’t drink it, but being near it made me feel better. Not the wisest move.
“One day at a time” doesn’t just apply to people in recovery, but that’s where I first learned its significance. I learned to take things by the minute. Don’t use for just this minute. Minutes turned into hours, which turned into days, which turned into here almost 7 years later.
Goals can also be approached one day at a time. Making any significant change is going to seem daunting if you jump immediately to the end result. Many people give up on their healthy resolutions because they live too far in the future. Take time for today. Make small changes today and leave it there. Over time those small changes add up to larger ones and before you know it you’ve gotten to the place you wanted to be.
My point in all of this is just to remind you that each day is a new day.
Living in the future only breeds anxiety. Focus on what you can do today and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, break it down. Tomorrow is a chance to start over and each day will be different from the last.
One day at a time we breathe.
One day at a time we walk.
One day at a time we grow.
Thanks to Amanda for letting me think out loud.
- How’s your time management?
- What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?
- Do you live in the future?