Panic Does Not Equal Productivity

The last two weeks have been stressful.

Hell, the last month has been stressful.

Everything has been a constant flux of different; from doing my normal work (not too stressful) to presenting at a New Hire Training (kinda stressful but also fun) to having my workload pretty much double on me (STRESS LEVEL MAXIMUM)…

Today, I woke up and work was the first thing I thought of. “I have so much to do. It’s my day off. This sucks. I’m stressed. Wah Wah Wah.” I drank my coffee and started to feel overwhelmed, then stumbled across this LinkedIn article. It could not have come at a better time. I read it, though, and I was still stressed. “Easy for this guy to say. Deadlines don’t just disappear… etc. etc.” And I decided to take his advice anyways. I went in my room and prayed, something that I don’t do often enough, but I like doing it because…I don’t believe in praying for magical things to happen. This might happen anyways…but these are the things I pray for usually, in order.

1. I thank God for the good things that are happening in my life and the lives of those around me. This helps put me in a more positive frame of mind a lot of time.

2. I pray for those around me that are having trouble. This helps me realize that a) I’m not alone, and b) it could be worse.

3. I pray for the things I feel I need work on, like today’s features of patience, positivity, and acceptance. I feel it’s more conducive to pray for change in oneself than a change in circumstance…and a lot of the time, it seems like…if you change yourself, your circumstances will also change with you.

….and I was still in a bad mood, so I resolved that I was hungry and should treat myself to crepes at Sweet Paris! Kat wasn’t there though :-/

…and I was STILL in a bad mood when I got home, so I decided to take a nap. I was sticking with this “do nothing” thing, darnit! I laid in bed and tossed and turned for almost 2 hours; and I finally decided…that I just need to take each task at a time. Don’t think about the whole picture. Just do one thing at a time, do what I can, and see how it goes. I cranked out everything I thought I needed to do in approximately 2 hours.

I spent over half my day upset about what I needed to do, and did it in a third of that time. I ruined my own day with negativity, and it’s SUCH an easy thing to do if you’re not careful. I’m glad I got my stuff done, and even though I have three conference calls tomorrow (on my other day off) I am glad I’ll be going into it with less stress than the day before šŸ™‚ Perhaps I’ll even get a bit of shopping done!!

1 Comment »

  1. Mija Said:

    on April 19, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    We need to visit kat at work together!!! Crepes help make any day awesome!!


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