When I get knocked out of my routine, my whole world falls apart. Suddenly the big goals that I have (writing my book, posting to my blog, gaining speaking appearances, etc.) begins to feel impossible to achieve. We recently had a few ice and snow storms in North Georgia. They have caused me to work from home, go in late, and come home early. This disruption to my routine can derail me as bad as someone who is jet-lagged after traveling. Here is how I plan to recover:
- Get plenty to eat – My body takes clues about when it’s time to eat based on my routine. The morning drive is when I eat my breakfast, I hear the buzzer for the folks who work in the warehouse that signals lunch. My dinner is usually eaten either on my way to my night job, or in the evening when I come home from work. If I miss those cues, I either miss meals or eat at different times which greatly effects how I feel. I don’t work well when I feel yucky.
- Get plenty of rest – When your routine is knocked out of whack, your body is likely doing things it’s not used to. Working harder or working on different things can be a physical and mental toll. Think of it as someone who usually sits at a desk but one day needs to help in the warehouse. That person is probably going to be a little sore the next day. The same is true for someone who works in a warehouse and then comes and helps on a computer project for several hours. They will probably be stiff and tired too. Additional sleep and quiet relaxing time will help.
- Reset your expectations for the week and give yourself grace. Sometimes life happens and knocks you out of your routine. When it happens to me, I want to be frustrated because I feel like I’m behind. I can overcome this by both physically rescheduling and mentally rescheduling. If I have meetings or projects with deadlines that can be moved, I need to move them. If I had a personal goal that had a deadline, I need to mentally give myself grace, and move the deadline. By moving the deadline, I can still accomplish the goal. But if I declare defeat, the chances of me ever gaining what I desired fade away.
- Fill the space. Sometimes I need to listen to upbeat music, a comedy album, read a moving piece, or watch a funny YouTube clip to reset me emotionally. Other times, I try to sit in my car during a lunch break and just have the sunshine hit me. Filling the space around me can change my mood and put me in a better situation be successful.
If you feel out of sorts after unexpected life events, I encourage you to follow these steps to recover from the jet-lag of life. And if you have additional tips, I’d love to read them in the comments below.