Have you ever had one of those really horrible days that seem to suck the life out of you? The kind that leaves you vulnerable to making things worse?
Several months ago, I had a doozy. I had let a lot of administrative stuff (read “taxes and accounting”) pile up until I could ignore it no longer. And none of it—none of it—I enjoyed doing. On top of that, my hard drive had crashed the day before and I was still trying to get software reinstalled. You get the picture. It was a mess and by the time I got home late that evening I was mess.
That’s when bad turned into worse. With remote in hand, I plopped myself on the sofa to watch some movie I had seen a dozen times before. This time, however, I brought a friend; a canister of Boston-baked peanuts. Before I knew it, I had eaten the entire contents of an 20-ounce canister. In my low-energy stupor, I trashed myself. And for days I carried those coalesced peanuts in my gut as a constant the reminder of that choice.
Since then, I decided to give myself some more healthy options. Posted on my computer monitor is a sticky note, reminding me of other things I can choose to start instead. It reads:
Out of energy? Try:
- Reading a book
- Organizing this desk
- Reviewing your to-do list
- Organizing your receipts
- Cleaning up the garage
- Taking a nap
- Listening to music
- Writing a blog post
That little list has been a helpful reminder for those times when I’m out of the energy it takes to even think of better options.
Encourage another reader by sharing your thoughts: What are some ways you’ve found to help in low energy times?