Life has been a little… crazy lately. It’s been the perfect storm of several things that must be done hitting all at once, certain tasks taking longer than they should, and unfortunate accidents like my son’s iPhone shattering. No single thing is overwhelming, but added together, it’s been a rough start to February. I mean when you have a phone call like this with your cell provider, you know you are going to lose some hours in your day…
Me: I got an email saying my phone order didn’t go through because there was a problem with my credit application.
Me: Umm, I have a prepaid plan. I shouldn’t need a credit application.
Dude: You are right. It’s just an internal check.
Me: OK, what’s the problem?
Dude: Your social security number is all zeros.
Me: I thought you just said I don’t need an actual credit check. Besides, I have no idea why it’s zeros. I didn’t fill out anything that asked for my SS#.
Dude: You’re right. I don’t need your SS#, but it’s all zeros, so I can’t approve it.
Me: Huh? If you don’t need my SS#, why does it matter that it’s zeros?
Dude: Because the system flagged it.
Me: But you don’t need it, so can you approve it?
Dude: No, because it’s all zeros.
Five phone calls later I ended up back in the same department with a different person, who approved it without issue. WTF.
I don’t deal well with feeling like I’m running constantly (and not actually having time to go running), so I’m taking a step back and making some changes to get back to center. Here are my priorities for the next week…
- Get to bed at an appropriate time – I won’t tell you how many times I’ve been up past 1am in the last 9 days. There is no reason that this should be happening. Nothing I do is so important (for the most part) that it can’t wait until morning. I may have to start setting a time that our internet shuts down, not to control my kids’ usage, but to control mine. Sigh.
- Create some margins – One of my favorite bloggers, Carla Birnberg, once wrote a post about creating margins in your life between your must do and your breaking point. I’m usually REALLY good about this but added too many things to my life in January and suddenly my margins are gone. I can recreate them, I just need to be ruthless about how much time I allow certain time wasting activities *cough*Facebook*cough* and get more organized with some of my other responsibilities.
- Start using To Do lists again – I am the queen of lists and I LOVE my bullet journal. It’s not a pretty journal like so many out there (I do not have time for that), but it’s an amazing organizational tool for me. I used to get up in the morning and, while I was drinking my coffee, I’d make my daily list. Generally speaking, about 90% of each day’s list would get completed. When I don’t make a list, I find myself running from thing to thing with no rhyme or reason.
- Plan our meals – I’m not a true meal planner. I don’t spend Sunday cooking and prepping. I’m just not that organized. But I usually have my planned meals for the week jotted in my bullet journal so I at least have some idea what to put on my grocery list and what might need prep ahead. Lately, it’s 5:00pm and I’m scrambling to feed everyone something or we end up eating out.
- Start running more – This is going to be the hardest one. I love the Faster Way to Fat Loss and what it has done for my body. I can reach into my closet and pull out anything and it fits no problem. It’s been a couple of years since that was truly the case. But it doesn’t offer a lot of time for running. And I miss it. My brain NEEDS running and it’s not getting enough. If I were honest, I’m not sure if I need additional sleep or increased mileage more. Weights are good for my body, but running saves my mental health.
I’ll be taking baby steps towards these goals, but I WILL slowly but surely get back to the place where I’m busy but managing.