Today, my mantra is “Do less, so you can do more.”
The other day, a blog friend asked me, “So, is everything in your life as perfect as it appears on the blog?” I practically spit out of my tea. I guess I’ve been avoiding it because I don’t want to talk about being stressed out, but I’ve been so stressed out. I’m currently on deadline to finish my third book, and this has happened with each book… as the end approaches, I get more and more freaked out. There’s a lot to do! And it’s hard to balance the book with other tasks.
I feel like I have so many things on my plate that I’m half-assing a few important items. So today, I’m focusing on… focusing. If the bed isn’t made, so be it. If there are dishes in the sink, so be it. If e-mails are not answered instantaneously, so be it. Do more by doing less.
Anyway, I woke up feeling stressed, but took a few minutes to just sit quietly and chill out. Sometimes you need that ‘moment,’ you know? And then my mood was drastically improved by a silly photoshoot this morning. The Charlotte Observer is doing a piece on Operation Beautiful and the Operation Beautiful book. It will come out a week from Thursday!
We’ve already done the interview, so all I had to do was stand behind a Plexiglas display of Operation Beautiful notes and smile. It was fun and really uplifting. Smiling is a good stress-reliever!
I love the cheese!
And then it was time for lunch:
This was a good mix!
Millet, prepared per this method
Boiled corn (chilled)
Off to focus and work. I’m leaving behind some small tasks that don’t need my attention right now – it feels freeing!
Does anyone else ever get bogged down by the day to day stuff and lose sight of the bigger project? I’m so Type A that this is frequently a big problem for me – any advice? I’m trying to ‘schedule’ my day so I work in specific time blocks, and it seems to be helping!