Whatever you are supposed to get done today, everything you just got up and started lining out, for all the details you know that have to come together, consider a new way to do it. Today, slow down drastically. Pull the brakes. Clear it, knock it off the table. If you can muster it, somehow create a zen moment of nothingness. Perhaps you are staring at your first cup of coffee and this happens all the time.
Now in this moment, there is absolutely nothing required of you today. Lets look at two extremes. First, imagine you check your email and you mistakenly have Barack Obama’s inbox. Every subject line contains a crisis or an ongoing crisis or a warning of future crisis. Okay, shut that idea.
Now imagine your cellmate is still asleep above you as you sit on the edge of your bunk, wondering if morning chow is going to be plastic bacon or sawdust sausage. If it’s bacon you’ll trade to Rodney for his dessert later. If it’s sausage you’ll eat it, maybe. And this is your first decision of every day.
Now put your day back on the table, one section at a time. Pretend you are a picky eater and you don’t like your food to touch on the plate. What if you did each task until it was either finished or it began to infringe on another area? When it starts to run together, cut it. Put it on tomorrow’s table.
Let me give an example that runs me around the street at night. Debt. I freaking hate it. As long as I have debt off into the future, I don’t feel like any free time from work or disposable spending should be allowed today. This is a rough philosophy considering I signed a 30 year mortgage a few years back. Ashley went to about three colleges, so there’s that. A truck note. You know what I’m saying, we all have this stuff.
Did anyone ever plan to pay off a house in 30 years? College in 20? Not me, I would get myself busy and knock it out. I’d say a very strict decade of beans and side jobs should do it.
Phone rings. Actually a text, people know I can’t talk.
Well I was going to finish a nice long blog but my time is gone. I guess I have to hit publish and send it along, it wouldn’t make any sense to finish this later than the morning. No proof reading, it’s the messy me. I’m off to run like a crazy man, maybe about three job sites will be good. It’s all gotta get done yesterday. Actually two weeks ago would be better. And maybe when I’m 40 I’ll have set some better habits for myself while living this way, because thats about the time I’ll get control, right?
Consider going drastically slower. As soon as you can. To be continued