Philosophy of Life with Red Lipstick Lifestyle

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A quick blurb of wisdom for my life lesson today.

This morning, I woke up nice and early. I got my coffee, watched the sun rise, did some yoga, mindfulness, walked the dog. It was perfect. Then I sat down to work. I set a timer for 2 hours (before I would take a break). I thought to myself, “Whatever I can get done!”. I did not look at my phone, I was not distracted by anything. I was focused on the work at hand with pure intention.

Thinking I was on the right track, I hit my compulsive “command s” button (yea PC of the 90s, I LEARNED MY LESSONS!… or so I thought) and wiped my hands as I finished up my first task of the day. “Time to move from my laptop to the big computer so I can use the higher end analysis software! What a good day!”

Fun Fact: Google Drive glitched and did not save any of my work.

Brilliant.

I tried to save it. I used every technological strategy I had in my arsenal (and believe me, mine is quite extensive). I was running between the two computers with my problem-solving hat on, thinking “omg, come on, this is 3.5 hours of really boring and redundant work. This isn’t the good stuff. This is the organizational stuff. Please, please, pleassseeee, let me find this!” Nothing to my avail. I was going to have to do the exact. same. boring. redundant. organizational. task. AGAIN! *cue pure fury*

And tears…

Worst of all, because it was my screw up, I can’t bill to repair the task. Nope, 3.5 hours… GONE.

I ate a 5-minute lunch of avocado toast and got back to it. 3 hours later I completed the task…again… and saved it in like five different places. While still annoyed, I thought to myself, “well, that could have been worse. I mean, it wasn’t great but it’s only 3pm, no need to lose sleep over this”. And that got me thinking about a philosophy I have been keeping close to my heart as I try to find balance in my life.

Too often we have a checklist of things to do and we push ourselves to check off all those items. But we forget that we cannot control the number of hours in a day. Sometimes, we (me.) pile our plate too high.

What I have been doing lately is setting a timer to limit the amount of time I commit to a task. While engaging in the task, I give it 100% of my focus. Nothing else. No Instagram, no talking, no texting. Just work. I used this stratgy this year during my teaching job as well! I would arrive, I would work, I would use my breaks wisely to prepare for the end of the day, 5 minutes after the bell rang, I was gone! This was the best thing I could do for my mental health.

So upon reflection of the aforementioned life anecdote, I figure that I was able to power through this mess quickly and move on because I know there will come a time when I stop. I know that at 5:00 pm, I will be disconnecting for the night.

So how about you? Do you get overwhelmed by a task list? The honey-do list? How do you navigate? Do you time block? Do you block time away from screens? Social media? Chat below in the comments!

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