This article that I’m writing to you right now, as we speak, at this very moment in time, is in the midst of an annoying rush that I’m in. Shall I share my plight with all of you? Why not? I’m writing this on a Saturday morning. Today me and my family are supposed to go to some dinosaur viewing thing in a town that’s like 40 minutes away. Currently it’s 8:10am. We’re supposed to leave at around 9:20. The work I have to do on weekends is fairly minimal. However, it does take a good hour, hour and a half.
Right now I’m in a race against the clock to see if I can get all my crap done before I leave. I wouldn’t be so annoyed if I didn’t have things to do the rest of the day. Normally I’d just wait until we get back from our little fun stop and finish my stuff later. But today we’re also supposed to be visiting my parents, and my wife has something she needs to do at 4:00pm. Add on having to feed the kids lunch, and whatever other annoying things that may come up, it feels like this hour is about all the time I have to do what I need to do.
What else do I need to do? Create a couple of videos, edit them, and all that crap. Could this story have been any more mundane? Yes, probably. But I’m pretty sure most of you out there have had a very similar story to this at more than one time in your life.
And yet, being in a rush is so unbelievably within our control. 9 times out of 10 we don’t ever need to be in a rush. Don’t get me wrong. There are only 24 hours in a day but let’s face it, it’s totally doable. There’s one thing I needed to do today to not feel this way. Wake up 20 minutes earlier. Seriously, that’s it. That’s the only thing I needed to do today and I didn’t. And because of that I’m in a huff right now trying to type as fast as humanly possible.
And it’s not like I didn’t get enough sleep. Usually on weekends I “sleep in” a tad later than normal but we’re talking 20 minutes here. I generally go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, weekends included.
I’m so pissed at myself
There’s no one to blame here but myself. And in those instances of being in a rush in the past, when I look at the data, there’s always a place to put blame: myself. Even when I think my wife is dragging ass and not getting done what needs to get done, I could have stepped in and helped. Even when my kids are taking forever to put on their clothes on or tie their shoelaces, there’s always a place to put blame: myself. I could have wrangled them up sooner and got them to start the shoe tying process five minutes earlier. There was always a way and yet I didn’t take it. That’s all on me.
No excuses, get it done
You’ve heard me say this before. And this is just another example of it. The next time you’re in a rush, certainly do what you have to do to get your house in order and make it there on time….but also reflect on that event. Try and retrace your steps and realize how it could have gone differently. Nine times out of ten it was one simple thing you needed to do and your entire day could have been salvaged. Yes, there are emergencies. Yes, there are some things that happen that are out of our control, but specifically when it comes to being in a rush? So many of these pressure filled moments are avoidable.
Speaking of pressure. It’s now 8:20am. This article is shaping up to be around 700 words. Not bad. Not bad. I’m still in a rush right now but I kind of whipped this one out very quickly so I’m excited! Remember folks, being in a rush is usually avoidable. Don’t give yourself any more stress than you need.