Learning About Flexibility
I don't think it's a secret that I can't touch my toes. And I don't think that it comes as a surprise that this is also symbolic of the way I like to live my life. I love schedules, lists, spreadsheets and calendars - whatever it takes to bring a sense of organization to my life.
Lately, however, my super-scheduler self has been quite challenged. It seems as though nothing really happens in the way I think it's going to when I start my day. And this is very frustrating and hard for me. So, in the spirit of, well, honestly, not going crazy, I've decided to learn about flexibility. How can I continue to be productive and successful within a looser framework?
My good friend Google hasn't been super helpful in researching this, so I've reached out to others who are in the same boat. Here are some of the things I have learned:
1) Chill out!! - If it takes me 2 days to do a load of laundry, so be it. The clothes will still be clean, even if they have to be put on the 'wrinkle release' setting of the dryer a couple times before I remember to get them out and fold them. Coming from a history of completing a project/task as soon as possible, this can be a tough one.
2) Prioritize prioritize prioritize!! - What REALLY has to be done today? What can wait? What will I never notice if it never gets done?
One thing that has been said over and over from those in the know is that I need to be sure to schedule in my own self care. I can see how this is one of the first things to go for new moms, and I struggle with it myself. However, in doing my best to walk the talk of good health, I am dedicated to taking care of me.
3) Delegate!! - Um, this one is still a little (LOT!!!) hard for me. But instead of trying to fix our broken desk drawer after the break-in, I was able to pass if off to someone with more know-how, skill and time.
Now, along with working on this flexibility, I have scheduled some regular yoga/stretching into my calendar as well. I think that in addition to checking off my self-care item on the to-do list, this focus on physical flexibility may help transform my mental/emotional/order-obsessed self into a more flexible version. We'll see.
How do you do it? How do you stay productive in the face of life's ups and downs? How do you maintain flexibility in your life?
I'd love to hear!