A quick exercise to focus attention and start again!
How is everyone feeling today?
The weather has definitely shifted towards winter and I was not prepared this year.
Usually I celebrate the gray and the chill because it leads me to cozy blankets and tea.
But my heater is possibly broken and I just couldn't get warm.
A cold Andrea is a grumpy Andrea...
Today, I am crawling back out of my cave and choosing to tackle work that has been building for a while because I directed my energy and attention on other pieces of life.
Even though I shifted focus with mindfulness and purpose, it is still a shock to the system to change course and enter back into the previous work stream.
Maybe you can relate?
With coaching, we set goals and make a sustainable and actionable plan toward fulfilling those goals.
We aren't creating superhuman beings that aren't affected by negativity or overwhelm.
We develop tools to help leverage our capabilities and negate the negativity as it arises.
Even with the tools, this week was rough.
And cold Andrea doesn't want to pick up the tools, she would rather create a blanket fort and ignore responsibilities.
While choosing to ignore responsibility is sometimes the way to go, except that it comes with a price.
It can be brutal to reengage.
Instead of feeling sorry for my consequences, I run through the following exercise to refocus and reenter reality.
I grab a pen and paper and list the categories of my life.
Family, friends, work, nutrition, community, etc.
You can add as many subcategories you can think of—the more the better!
As I list the areas, I tune in to how I am feeling about where I am at in relation to that category.
Work, needs work (because well, work).
Nutrition, hydrate (you're welcome).
Community, explore ways to help.
This is a quick way to identify if and where work needs to be done (and a reminder to hydrate is always a good thing).
Identifying where work is needed helps focus the energy output.
A cold Andrea has little energy. Must be due to my dragon nature.
When our energy tanks are low, we need this focus to help us run smoothly.
Acknowledging energy tank level allows me to enter into activities with an awareness of boundaries that can increase my enjoyment.
When reengaging in a task again, setting a timer to create an artificial boundary is usually a good place to start.
The external push to meet a deadline can put of focus to better work.
Before long, we'll all be back into the swing of things!
Yay for flexibility and starting again!
Tea-loving awesomeness. Challenging perfectionism.