A Day in the Life: Learning How to Slow Down


Ever feel like you are a train barreling through the day?

I just realized that this is me on a consistent basis. The fact that I am so go-go-go and pride myself on being an efficient / get-shit-done person has created this sense of responsibility to get as much done in a day as possible. Especially during the week.

From the moment I wake up at 5:30 am until the moment I pick up Ellie from daycare around 4 pm, most days are basically a whirlwind. The best days though? Are the slow and steady ones. The ones were I go to the gym in the morning, drink coffee slowly after, go on a couple walks throughout the day, sit down and enjoy lunch, have an action plan for what I’m going to work on that day. Sounds like a good day right?

Here’s what the bad days look like:

Wake up at 5:30, rush through everything getting ready and feel stressed already about everything I need to get done that day. Debate mentally about whether I even have time to go to the gym or if it’d be better for me to just come straight home after dropping Ellie off at daycare at 6:40… Gym loses that debate and I rush back home, sometimes after stopping and getting coffee or breakfast from Starbucks.

Back home and get to work – my attention is split between working on my current day job project and working on my side business. My attention on my side business is split working on client work, new templates, planning social media, you name it.

I cannot focus on just one thing so often because I just feel like if I don’t hurry and get everything done before I pick up Ellie, I’ll be screwed.

Skip my walks and eat lunch at my desk in an attempt to cram even more not as productive work in.

Pick up Ellie and rush back home. Sit her in front of the TV for 30 minutes with her after school snack so I can try to get just a few things wrapped up. After that, we chill and play. But man, the day just doesn’t feel good. I feel like another day is wasted and I didn’t get as much done as I wanted even with all the rushing, doing and stressing.

Here’s what my ideal (and occasional) day looks like:

Wake up at 5:30, take my time getting ready and don’t stress about rushing everything. There’s nothing that’s going to happen if Ellie gets to daycare at 6:50 instead of 6:40.

Drop Ellie off and go to the gym. Workout for 25 minutes and grab some free coffee from the reception area. Drive home and sit down at my desk with my coffee. Skipping breakfast always makes me feel better actually, especially after a workout and some coffee. I feel relaxed and ready to work. I split my day or days between my day job and my side business – never working on both within the same time-block or day.

I write down my 3 goals for the day and make sure they are manageable for me to get done. I focus on those goals one at a time and try to avoid worrying about the rest of my task list. I go for a walk around the block at 9:30 / 12:30 / 2:30. This makes me feel so much better if I just force myself to take those breaks.

I pickup Ellie and we head back home. She watches one episode of Bubble Guppies and we have a snack. I tidy up the house and do the dishes. Then we go for another walk around the block. After that, we play for a bit or do some kind of activity until Robert gets home and then we do dinner together, followed by Bath or PJ time and reading books before bed.

Goal: Slow down and be more intentional.

I leave messes around the house or forget to take my vitamins or plug in my phone or so many other things because I am constantly rushing. I am going to be more intentional about slowing down and just focusing on the task that needs done right in that moment – not push it off thinking, I just don’t have time right now, I’ll do it later. That makes me feel crappy in retrospect and I feel so much better when I just handle things in the moment.

I need slow down and appreciate what I have and focus on the task at hand.

I’d love to know if you can relate to this or if you struggle with always being busy or moving too fast!

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