So after a minor meltdown last weekend, I realised it was because there was more than one stress factor. I spent some time early last week figuring out what the stress factors were.
After that, I began setting up systems & changes for the things in my control, and trying to recognise that some things are out of my control and that’s okay (still getting there on that front).
I thought I’d share some of the things I’m changing with you today, partly to help me process them and partly because they might help you as well. I’m sure my problems are not unique to myself 🙂
I’d set a launch date with plenty of time for things to go wrong – or so I thought! – but after a few delays early on in the process, I’m cutting it fine to get the stock for my books by the 21st. Part of this is outside my control, but what I can do is set up Plan B, C & D.
If Plan A doesn’t work (the plan where the books arrive before the 21st), Plan B is to pay for expedited shipping from Blurb, which is only 1 day earlier but might make a difference. Plan C is to pay for expedited shipping from Createspace (4 business days) and Plan D is to order them in NZ, hiking the price up but meaning I could get them pretty fast.
Also, I’ve learned for next time the things I need to do to make sure I give other people plenty of time to get jobs done.
Some just goes back to basics. I wasn’t eating enough fruit, and I’d begun exercising but found it hard after doing nothing for most of summer. This morning, I bought nuts, fruit, veges and a women’s multi-vitamin.
I’m aiming to get in at least 3 walks a week – 5 isn’t necessary at this point – and will be using wrist weights to get a bit more toning in. From next week, I’m aiming to do yoga just once a week. Baby steps are all good!
While my records are pretty good, they could be better. I had way too many spreadsheets and knew there had to be a simpler way of doing things! I ended up buying a printer / scanner / copier and signing up for Xero, and NZ-based accounting software.
By having a printer, it means I can have physical records of everything (my job this week) mostly just for peace of mind, and by investing in Xero I have a system that works and accountants are familiar with. This means that when I’m earning enough to have an accountant, it’ll be easy to transfer stuff over to them, if that’s what I choose to do.
Lack of Creative Work
I was spending so much time stressing about the books coming in on time, that I just couldn’t get into the mindset of being imaginative. Painting and writing felt hard because my mind just wasn’t in it.
By putting plans in place, it meant I could give myself the headspace I needed to be creative, without stressing about what else I ‘should’ be doing.
But enough about me. What strategies do you have to manage the (sometimes overwhelming) tasks in your life?