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What to Do When Days Don't Go As Planned

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

Seconds and Cents, Episode 28. Today we're going to talk about how I adjust my day when it's not going according to the plan. So right now it's 11:26am. Last night, I spent about 90 minutes awake in the middle of the night between 230 and four. I was just absolutely furious about it. And what I thought was going to be today what I had kind of mentally mapped out last night was going to be today is now no longer going to be today because I didn't sleep well.

And I'm not in the right headspace today to do some of the things that I was going to do. So it got me to thinking well, what, what can I do to help other bloggers solopreneurs entrepreneurs when they have something that comes in and really messes up their day, so things don't go as expected. You have bad sleep like me, you have a problem with your significant other so you have a problem in your relationship. That's

stressing you out. You did an exercise this morning. So you overslept. You didn't exercise and, and normally you do so you have foggy brain, right? You have a bad phone call with a client or you get a bad or upsetting email, something that's really disappointing to you. You just feel emotional. Maybe you are having a ton of anxiety right now or something else or just very stressed or you're sick or you're going through an injury, whatever the case may be, something happens that messes up your day that causes you to go well, oh my gosh. And now the problem that that you're facing, is that you're trying to recover the day. You're trying to not waste the day and if you don't do things the right way, you could very well waste a day. What do I mean by that? It doesn't mean that you just laid on the couch all day. You just watch Netflix all day. But what it does mean is that you answered one email and then you scroll through Twitter for 15 minutes or you did one thing you're

A five paragraph paragraphs of a blog post, and then you scroll through Instagram for 25 minutes, right? And so like you might have gotten some things done, but you didn't quite turn your brain off, you didn't quite turn your brain on. And you really weren't that productive. So what we're going to talk about today, and my hope for you is that you are able to build a formula that allows you to understand when you're going through a tail, a tail when you

know, a spiral, you're spiraling out of control

that day, because something has happened and you are trying to recover, right? And how can you get through that to make maximum impact for the rest of your week or for next week so that you don't set yourself back you actually leap farther ahead in some areas, and you allow yourself to go easy on yourself.

In other areas, so it starts by asking myself, Well, what do I do during a day? What does an average day What does a typical day look like for me, and I have a big notebook.

Big notebook. And I

write down, I write down eight or nine things that I have to do that day, but I only star three of them. Three of them are the most important things that I have to do that day. Those are the things that I do first, those are the things that require the most energy or they'll create the most value or the most intense, there is something that makes those three things different from everything else. Then the other 4567 things that are on my to do list that aren't as high priority. Those come later. Now those only come after I've done my three really important things.

Why? Because I want to make sure that

I focus on my three important things, right, I get those things done, and I do them the right way I get it done with all of my energy with all of my intensity. And then the other things that aren't as high intensity or that aren't as energy intense, I'll do later. Those are smaller things. Those are a lot of times meetings. Meeting, some meetings are in my top three most important things. Of course, I've had some meetings that totally changed the trajectory of my life. Sometimes meetings or updates, or meetings are just hearing what other people think and or I'm just sitting in meetings, and I'm just trying to understand a little bit what's going on or whatever they might be. And so sometimes meetings, high importance, sometimes meetings, low importance, but I have three things that are really important. So a day goes into a spiral. Like today because I didn't sleep well last night, right? And I didn't sleep well, last week, I was still kind of recovering from that. And so what do I do in order

to propel myself forward for the rest of the week in order to save the day for the rest. Save today

and help me for the rest of the week. Well, first, I checked my headspace. What's the thing that's bothering me most? What's the thing that's frustrating me the most that's giving me the most anxiety or that's stressing me out the most. It could be an injury right now I have a small ankle injury. I'm thinking about that every once in a while. It could be my deal flow. Last week, I was a little bit disappointed in deal flow. And so now I was thinking, well, let's let's up the ante a little bit. We're going to start to get some new people through the door. We're going to start to help some more people, right. And so I think about what what is bothering me most.

And then that's the thing that I'm going to focus on today. So inside of the things that are really stressful for me or that are anxiety inducing for me, if I'm going to be stressed about it, I might as well work on it

then

At least I don't get myself into this kind of spiral of kind of working myself into anxiety, or telling myself that I'm not doing well in some aspect of my life, right? And then getting more anxiety after I told myself that and then it just goes around in a circle like a tornado or like a cyclone. So that's the thing that I lean into it, actually. And so you know, every project in anybody's life has the thing that you can kind of mindlessly do. And the thing that takes all of the energy and all of the intensity, right, what I'm focusing on right now is I'm focusing on what's the thing that's providing me the most stress or the most anxiety and how can I lean into the aspects of that that I can do on little sleep? or How can I lean into the aspects of this that I can do in my current headspace?

That way, I've set myself up way better.

For the rest of the week, when I have slept better, or when I'm not upset about a call, or I'm not feeling this small ankle injury, right? And so how can I propel myself forward so that when I'm in a great headspace to do a lot of deep thinking, I can do all of my deep thinking at once instead of switching tasks, instead of doing a bunch of other stuff. So today, I'm actually I'm recording two podcasts, because I want to get my podcasts done right now.