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Rule: If I have a long day, the day following must then be short.

Yesterday I had a nice early start to my day. As I made my daily schedule and chose which accomplishments I could complete, I had more hours than usual to fill.

Danger: The temptation to fill up all available hours with committed activities is very great.

I had fixed points taking up room on my schedule: meals, errands, evening rehearsal. Because I am not at my best in the evening, my goal in scheduling had as much to do with keeping my stamina throughout the day as staying on task and deadline for work.

I chose not to commit to more work activities than I would have on other days.

Danger: The temptation to fill up all available time with recreational or physical activities is very great.

I noted the non-work goals for completion and kept buffer zone for resting.

So this got me through a long day. I felt good and energetic throughout the day. I was tired at rehearsal but maintained focus pretty well. I successfully navigated a long day.

Rule: If I have a long day, the day following must then be short.

My dearest wish is to continue feeling bright and energetic. This morning I allowed myself to sleep longer than I would have normally desired. Even though I love the early mornings, it was good to let myself sleep. I was able to sleep fairly well, which is for me an accomplishment in itself.

Danger: the temptation to be disappointed in myself for sleeping late is very great.

When I miss the early morning, I need to consciously remind myself that it is OK to have gotten more rest. I do not need to rush. I can go through my whole process and still have time to accomplish my daily goals.

As I put together my daily commitment of activities, I considered that I also have an evening commitment today. I can handle one main work-related goal today.

Danger: the temptation to feel guilt that I am somehow shirking duties is very great.

Taking care of my health is perhaps the most important task of my day. I will have no chance of supporting my goals if fatigue and brain fog symptoms return. It is important on my short day to have as many restful breaks as feels right for my body. It is vital for my ability to rest during breaks to feel happy, peaceful and absent of stress.

I shall not beat myself up for needing rest. I shall not beat myself up for taking rest.

We are nearing the end of this work day. I did accomplish my main work goal, business maintenance, and also some other volunteer work that is not so fun. I do feel satisfied about that. What remains is dinner, more rest and the evening event.

I shall not force myself into an event if my body is not up to it.

I have the option to stay home tonight. I have the option to go and enjoy the event. I have the option to leave early.

I would like tomorrow to be a medium day. I can recover and move forward.

I can recover. I can have energy, happiness and a clear mind. I can do this again.

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