Remember how I mentioned that I like to use the word “hate” sparingly?
Well, unfortunately I’m using said word twice this week. I can’t help it. And it’s something that literally happened today.
I woke up this morning with a complete and total plan for how I was going to attack my day. I was pumped, alert, and ready to go.
And then that inevitable interference occurred. It was something I just couldn’t get off my chest.
Honestly it was a minor change I wanted to make to one of my websites, but one I knew would probably take about 30 minutes.
I promised myself that I’d take care of it after all my regular stuff was done.
But of course, I just couldn’t shake it. It was gnawing at me, and I couldn’t get it out of my brain.
What I ended up doing
The minor task beat me. That’s right. It won. I was battling my own brain and my brain defeated me.
Nothing in my life could continue until I got this stupid, practically meaningless task finished.
It wound up taking me about 30-45 minutes to do. Afterwards I was relieved but now I’m literally an hour behind where I normally am at this time of day.
Mentally I’m having trouble getting around this.
In reality, it’s just an hour delay.
But in my head it’s a complete disruption of my entire flow.
Now I have to nap at a different time of day.
Now I might have to eat at a different time of day.
Now I won’t have as much time to “decompress” before I have a phone call later on.
Now my kids begging me to play with them is going to feel more pressure filled.
The chain reaction to me succumbing to this incessant need to get a mundane task done is immense.
What I should have done
Simple. I should have stuck with my original plan of putting off this task until later in the day.
But I didn’t. And that’s on me.
Slowly I’m recuperating. Slowly I’m working my way back into the day. Finally I’m getting my groove back .
But all of this could have been avoided.
Which is to say that when you make a plan, stick with it.
When you make a promise, stick with it.
No matter how uncomfortable it makes you, it’s the right move.
I should have stuck to my guns no matter what this morning, but I didn’t.
Doesn’t mean I need to beat myself up about it. Doesn’t mean I can’t learn from it.
But it does mean I need to do a better job in the future.
Can anyone relate to this story?
I’m guessing that many of you out there have had this happen to one extent or another.
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