Today, my mantra is â€œDo less, so you can do more.â€
The other day, a blog friend asked me, â€œSo, is everything in your life as perfect as it appears on the blog?â€ I practically spit out of my tea. I guess Iâ€™ve been avoiding it because I donâ€™t want to talk about being stressed out, but Iâ€™ve been so stressed out. Iâ€™m currently on deadline to finish my third book, and this has happened with each bookâ€¦ as the end approaches, I get more and more freaked out. Thereâ€™s a lot to do! And itâ€™s hard to balance the book with other tasks.
I feel like I have so many things on my plate that Iâ€™m half-assing a few important items. So today, Iâ€™m focusing onâ€¦ focusing. If the bed isnâ€™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 â€˜moment,â€™ 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!
Weâ€™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. Iâ€™m leaving behind some small tasks that donâ€™t need my attention right now â€“ it feels freeing!
Does anyone else ever get bogged down by the day to day stuff and lose sight of the bigger project? Iâ€™m so Type A that this is frequently a big problem for me â€“ any advice? Iâ€™m trying to â€˜scheduleâ€™ my day so I work in specific time blocks, and it seems to be helping!