Some weeks just tend to feel like there is a hitch in the giddy-up. Around here it is usually a weather related thing, but it could be a broken vehicle, or a change in a schedule, or sadly enough sickness or a death in the family. Sometimes it is just hard to get back on track, in the swing of things. Since my week was slightly out of order, I thought I would share my normal plan of attack.
This week we had normal stormy weather, not normal as in every day but normal as in, “this is the south” normal. We the typical after effects from a hurricane, this one named Hurrican Harvey. Even though it was hundreds of miles from us, it resulted in strong storms, high winds, lightning, tornados, and flash flooding. We live in a 1800’s farm house so none of that is new to this place and we usually get by with no problems. However it is common for the internet to go off and on, which has all kinds of crazy after effects of its own and we often lose power, thankfully we didn’t this time. Even when a storm doesn’t cause too much trouble being prepared is time consuming and a little nerve racking making sure everyone who isn’t home is safe. So.. the week has been out of whack. Here is my recovery plan.
#1 a hot bath or very long shower, relax, clear the head and pray for direction
#2 the famous list, everything on my mind and everything that needs to be done
#3 prioritize, use check marks numbers or colored highlighters but mark that list up in order of priority, what is important, what is timely
#4 plan, either add all the things to a calendar spreading them out evenly or even just for the day
#5 delegate, who can do what, give them a list
#6 a reward, maybe everyone does clean up or whatever and then y’all go out to eat, whatever works for you
#7 plan the next day, get back to the routine
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:40
Since my work often involves lots of sit down desk tasks, I also set up my work space. I don’t like sitting at a desk so I use a laptop and have several spots. But when I really need to get to work I will set up my spot before I sit down. A big cup of water, a snack, my cell phone, my landline phone, and whatever I am working on. I try to turn off Facebook and such and put messages on mute. I inform everyone around me to make a list of questions and needs and tell them to let me work for a couple hours. I usually don’t put off my family but sometimes I really need to focus for the afternoon. That gets me back on track. Hope it has been helpful for you too.