My Monday really wasn't working for me. I delayed (aka procrastinated) several tasks that should have been completed over the weekend, and attempted to do them before work. Like at 5 o'clock in the morning. I am not a morning person. The thing is, even as I was setting myself up to fail...I knew that I was setting myself up to fail. I was then in a foul mood when I failed. Clearly, I thought that I'd surprise myself.
As the day came crashing down mercifully ended, I was STILL thinking about what I'd done (and not done) to create such a grumpy day. What it boils down to is that I did a few things that really just don't work for me. I know what DOES work, so I'm making a list to remind myself:
1. Early mornings are not my friend. Do not schedule/expect anything other than basic needs to happen before 7am.
2. Get enough sleep. The days of working until the wee hours are over.
3. Sometimes "good enough" is enough. Save super special cooking for dinner parties, not potlucks. (that one applies to yesterday)
4. Keep mascara in your bag.
5. Clean the kitchen before you go to bed. There is nothing more irritating in the morning than a sink full of dishes.
6. Make your bed. This is a complete 180° from the last couple of decades when I flat out refused to make my bed. Now? It calms me to come home and have a neatly made bed.
And a few that I'm working on (some might say shifting my thinking applies here. ahem.)
7. Do better next time. Trust that you're not going to be abandoned when you have an off day. (oh, this is SUCH a therapy topic for me) Second (and 3rd & 4th) chances are allowed.
8. Find a new after work ritual. Explanation - a glass of wine has been my nightly habit for longer than my mother approves of. Since I'm watching carbs a bit, that glass of wine needs to be replaced. With the weather turning cooler, I find myself reaching for a nightly cup of coffee. Not a good idea. I need an alternative. I drink hot tea all day - so that's not it. Any ideas?
9. MEDITATION. Sit. the. f. down.
10. Buy a new notebook, and make lists. Lots and lots of lists.
PS. the picture above really has nothing to do with this post - I'm just loving the super blue fall sky lately.