Stay Calm and Take Action

Okay, seriously. My husband and I rolled back into town this morning around 1am, after a whirlwind trip to Vegas for an (AWESOME) company event.

Since they began the construction on our home remodel, I’ve had to make friends with my alarm clock (yuck!), but when it blared its evil tune at 7:30 this morning I couldn’t help but hit the snooze button a few times. Hey, it happens to the best of us!

Halfway through my first cup of coffee, the doorbell rang:

“Good morning ma’am, we are here to take apart your laundry room!”

(enter 7 construction workers)

It appeared to be one of those days. You know, one of those hectic, hurried, so-much-to-do-that-nothing-gets-done days.

But I put my foot down and said, NO!

Grabbing a spiral and pen I quickly retreated to the only room devoid of any evidence of construction.

Okay, so the room does contain all the contents of our master closet, upstairs hallway and guest bedroom, but it was the quietest room I was going to get, so I just went with it.

I piled the nearest pile of stuff atop the next nearest pile of stuff and found myself a seat.


“What needs to get done today?”

5 minutes later I had complied a list of all the day’s “must dos”

Two columns — one for personal and one for business — with the most important things at the top and the least important at the bottom. I was ready to tackle my day!

That was 7 hours ago, and I am happy to report that I have been systematically working my way through my “to do” list ever since. Have there been distractions? Oh YES. Have there been feelings of overwhelm? You bet! But here’s what’s important:

I am taking action.

So often when life begins to overwhelm us we go into a state of frozen immobilization. Faced with the prospect of too many things to do, we choose the simplest solution and just do nothing.

The only problem with this solution is tomorrow, when we wake up, our to-do list has not only NOT become smaller, it has grown. There are more items added to it and some of the items already there have risen in levels of importance.

This leads to more stress, more feelings of overwhelm and even more inaction.

It’s a vicious cycle.

So the next time life threatens to overwhelm you, just say NO.

Put your foot down.

Make your to do list.

And systematically work your way through that list come heck or high water.

Stay Calm and Take Action.

You will find, as I always do, that with the crossing out of each consecutive item, your stress levels lower, your breathing levels out and the feelings of happiness and accomplishment grow.

Go on, give it a try 🙂

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