Something I’ve had more time to consider with working from home and not traveling, are the ways I’m accountable (and not accountable) to myself. My prior schedule was quite full, and things often slid from one day to another (or the next week).
As I thought about what I learned at KCHA (Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts), I remembered that if we are going to change something we said we would do, we need to say it to ourselves. It might sound a little silly, but your body and sub-conscious mind are listening to you. They need to hear that something is changing, so that you are still in integrity with doing what you say you are going to do.
- If you say you are going to do something today, be sure to get it done, or renegotiate it with yourself. For example – if you tell yourself I’m going to walk today at 4pm. If you decide instead to walk later, do yoga instead, or that you’re walking another day – say it out loud to yourself, and/or adjust it in your planner.
- Schedule time for yourself first. If you know what the most important thing is for you to focus on (if not, spend some time figuring it out), schedule time for that first. Make it your first priority in the morning to complete. If you have other morning commitments, schedule it for mid-day or evening – get dedicated time scheduled for it.
- Protect the time you schedule for yourself and your most important task(s). This includes self-care time. This doesn’t mean you have to say no to everyone, yet if you have a couple hours blocked out for you, hold that time for yourself. Calls, messages etc can wait until later.
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